Last updated: August 29. 2014 9:00AM - 239 Views
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NEWBERRY — Three employees of Newberry County Memorial Hospital will take part in PHT Services Inc. new initiative called Slip, Trip, FallCompetent Person Walkway Auditing.


The program is designed to monitor the parking lots, walkways and general areas where visitors and employees are likely to stumble or fall while walking. To become an auditor, the employees will be trained through a six hour course. The program will be implemented soon.


Details of the program were discussed at the hospital’s board meeting on Tuesday.


In other business, Barry Richardson and Mike Reynolds, members of the finance and compliance committee, presented the financial report to board members.


NCMH had operating income of $52,000 and net income of $17,000 for July which was better than the budgeted negative net income of $10,000 and better than the prior year negative net income of $44,000.


Net patient revenue was $451,000 over budget for July due to increased surgical procedures. Gross revenue was over budget by $476,000 and revenue deductions were $25,000 over budget. Expenses were $337,000 over budget.


The board was told that July is historically a poor financial month due to physician vacations and seasonality issues.


Total acute inpatient discharges were 18.1 percent under budget and 16 percent under prior year for July. Total acute patient days were 8.7 percent under budget and 3.7 percent under last year. Inpatient surgeries were 7.4 percent over budget, but 8.8 percent under prior year.


Outpatient surgeries were 19.5 percent over budget and 16.7 percent last year, while endoscopies were 19.7 percent over budget and 2.2 percent over prior year. Emergency room visits were one percent under budget and 2.7 percent under last year. Outpatient visits were 7.9 percent over budget and seven percent over prior year.


For the month of July, gross inpatient revenue was $330,000 under budget due to less discharges and patient days. The Medicare case mix was 1.5491 in July compared to 1.4219 in June.


The gross outpatient revenue was reported at $806,000 over budget due to the increases in outpatient visits, surgeries and endoscopies. Net days in accounts receivable are 56. Collections were $3.4 million for the month of July.


Salaries were $68,000 over budget, as presented to the board. Benefits were $10,000 over budget due to workers compensation claims. Supplies were $205,000 over budget due to increased surgical supplies and implants as well as increased chemotherapy drugs.


Utilities were $15,000 over budget due to increased electricity costs and purchased services were $37,000 over budget due to using outside services for enhancements to the Meditech system.


Maintenance and repairs were $11,000 over budget due to a maintenance contract that included four months of service. The operating cash position increased by $110,000 during the month due primarily to decreases in other current assets.


Other updates:


• NCMH is bringing its hospital wide customer driven training and education program to a finish this month. The program will be included in regular orientation and become an ongoing requirement.


• Three days of classroom training have been completed for the Senior Management Team and several department directors. The program will be expanded to include all managers and employees.


• Jessie Reeder has resigned from the Board of Trustees after seven years of service. Councilman Bill Waldrop said he will make a new appointment in the future.


• The date for the Newberry County Hospital Foundation’s annual golf tournament has been changed to Oct. 16 at the Country Club of Newberry.


• The Volunteer Department is having a $5 jewelry sale on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. All proceeds support needs within Newberry Hospital.


• The annual volunteer meeting will be held Sept. 19. They will vote on their new budget at that time, which is $9,000. This is the most they have ever funded.

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