Last updated: July 25. 2014 10:07AM - 271 Views
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NEWBERRY — Dr. Jerry Alewine, Beth Bozard and Bob Burch were introduced as Newberry County Memorial Hospital board members Tuesday by Dr. Alan Paysinger, board of trustees chairman.

Alewine is filling the District 3 position, Bozard the District 1 position and Burch the District 5 position.

Paysinger will be assigning the new board members to one of the Hospital Board Committees starting in August. The members will be joining the board’s monthly meetings beginning next month.

Barry Richardson and Mike Reynolds presented the board with finances for the month of June, which included experiencing a negative operating income of $151,000 and negative net income of $108,000 for the month of June. That is better than the budgeted negative net income of $296,000 but worse than prior year negative net income of $19,000.

Net patient revenue was $306,000 over budget for the month. Palmetto GBA reprocessed claims for the low volume adjustment that was withheld from October through March and NCMH received a payment of $495,000. Gross Revenue was $311,000 over budget and revenue deductions were $5,000 over budget.

Total acute inpatient discharges were 0.7 percent under budget but 5.1 percent over prior year. Total acute patient days were 6.3 percent over budget and 7.9 percent over last year. Inpatient surgeries were 3.2 percent over budget and even with last year.

Outpatient surgeries were 15 percent over budget and 30.5 percent over the previous year. Endoscopies were 27.1 percent over budget and 85.4 percent over prior year. Emergency Room visits were 2.9 percent under budget but 2.1 percent over last year. Outpatient visits were 4.7 percent under budget but three percent over prior year.

Total discharges for NCMH are down 3.3 percent year to date from last year. Total patient days are up two percent year to date from the prior year, while inpatient surgeries are up 11.6 percent year to date.

Outpatient surgeries are down 9.4 percent year to date and endoscopies are up 6.2 percent. Outpatient visits are down three percent year to date from last year.


Gross Inpatient Revenue was $185,000 over budget due to increased patient days for the month of June, while gross outpatient revenue was $126,000 over budget due to increased outpatient surgeries.

Net days in accounts receivable are 52. Collections were $4.3 million for the month of June.

NCMH collected approximately $14,000 from the South Carolina income tax program compared to $9,000 last June. Year to date they have collected $1,257,000 which is $41,000 less than prior year to date.


Supplies were $139,000 over budget due to the hospital’s annual inventory which produced a $106,000 negative variance. Negative variances in operating room supplies and chemotherapy drugs accounted for most of the variance.

Maintenance and Repairs were $46,000 over budget due to scope repairs of $21,000 and chiller repairs of $12,000.

Other expenses were $34,000 over budget due to increased marketing, physician recruiting and accruals for potential insurance claims.

Operating cash position increased by $198,000 during the month due primarily to decreases in accounts receivable.

Other updates:

• As part of improving their patient experience scores, NCMH has continued to execute a hospital-wide customer driven training and education program. This training will be held during the months of July and August and focus on patient experience scores, culture within the organization, how to initiate service recovery before the patient and family are discharged and setting leader/employee expectations.

• This month NCMH will began their facility wide “Customer Service Training” program. The program will focus on how, why, and when we will perform the exceptional service we have all committed to. The training will be required of all anyone working in the organization and will be taught during new hire orientation.

• The hospital’s patient satisfaction scores improved for the month of May. NCMH scored in the 90th percentile or greater in communication with nurses, communication about medications, discharge information, pain management and quietness of the hospital.

• The Newberry County Hospital Foundation’s annual golf tournament is scheduled for Oct. 9 at the Country Club of Newberry.

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