NEWBERRY — Phase II of the modernization project at Newberry County Memorial Hospital has started and should be completed in approximately 90 days.
The preparation of construction documents for the ICU also will begin so that bidding for this phase of the project can be started in a timely fashion.
Newberry County Memorial Hospital experienced anticipated patient volumes but a significantly higher number of self-pay patients than budgeted expectations in October. The self-pay patients generated $1.1 million in gross revenue and 90 percent is reserved as bad debt.
The hospital had an operating loss of $367,000 and negative net income of $338,000 for October which is less than the budgeted negative net income of $145,000 and better than prior year negative net income of $357,000.
Total acute inpatient discharges for the current month were .6 percent under budget but 1.3 percent over the prior year. The total acute patient days were 1.5 percent over budget and 20.3 over the previous year. Inpatient surgeries were 9.8 percent over budget and 28.8 over last year.
Outpatient surgeries were 17.5 percent under budget and 11.3 percent under the prior year. Endoscopies were 16.1 under budget and 22.3 percent under last year. Emergency room visits were 4.6 over budget and 4.2 percent under the prior year.
Total discharges are down 5.9 percent year to date from the prior year and total patient days are up 4.7 percent year to date. Inpatient surgeries are up 29 percent year to date, while outpatient surgeries are down 8.7 percent year to date. Endoscopies are also down 2.3 percent.
Gross inpatient revenue was $160,000 over budget due to increased patient days. Medicare case mix was 1.4368 in October compared to 1.6660 in September. The gross outpatient revenue was $159,000 under budget due to decreased outpatient surgeries and visits. Collections were $3.9 million for the month of October.
Other updates from NCMH:
• Benefits were $140,000 over budget due to increased medical claims.
• Supplies were $31,000 over budget due to increased implants.
• Utilities were $21,000 over budget due to increased electricity cost and usage.
• Maintenance and repairs were $26,000 over budget due to scope repairs and MRI maintenance contract.
• The operating cash position decreased by $194,000 during the month due primarily to payments on the third floor construction project.
• The first MRI friendly nerve stimulator has been installed at NCMH. Additional instrumentation is being evaluated for expanding spine surgery capabilities.
• The NCMH Foundation’s LoveLights tree lighting ceremony will take place on Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the front lobby of the hospital. LoveLights are available through the foundation office in remembrance and/or honor of someone special.