MMH exceeds expected income for June by more than $250k

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By Nick Nunn

Staff Writer

Despite the Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority’s (MMA) June budget showing an expected loss of more than $24,000, the hospitals’s actual net income for June 2013 came to more than $227,000, a net difference of more than $250,000, the MMA learned at their July 25 meeting.

In addition to net patient revenue being approximately $26,000 more than budgeted for June, there was an almost $220,000 jump in “other revenue” from the Indigent Care Trust Fund payment, which has been received by Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH), and Medicaid Electronic Health Record funds, which have not yet been received by MMH but have been booked by the auditors at MMH, according to Megan Morris, director of development and community relations at MMH.

June showed a decrease from May in both emergency department and outpatient visits, falling from 631 to 588 and 441 to 372, respectively.

MMH CEO Ralph Castillo briefly mentioned the hospital’s search for a new CFO, saying that they have looked at more than 20 applicants’ resumes and hope to narrow the field dramatically very soon.

Morris described MMH’s new data collection service, which was outsourced to Avatar Solutions, who will handle MMH’s Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (HCAHPS) survey and provide data to MMH about their patient satisfaction rating.

Since Avatar Solutions took over this process from MMH in the beginning of April, they have already seen a 45 percent increase in returned surveys. Because of Avatar Solutions’ data mapping, MMH will be better equipped to “drill down” on areas that need improvement at MMH.

Finally, Morris reminded the board of a few community activities coming up in the next couple of weeks.

The community health fair and Back to School Rally will take place on Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the MMH front lawn. According to Morris, there will be more than 45 vendors there for the fair.

On Aug. 24, the MMH Auxiliary will host the Festival of Friends, which will take place at the James Madison Conference Center. A dinner will be served at 8 p.m. following cocktails. There will also be a silent auction. More information about the Festival of Friends can be found at http://www.mmh.org/fof/index.php.

Also, MMH will host its first community blood drive with Shepeard Blood Group on Sept. 5 at Morgan County High School.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 3: Health Fair and Back to School Rally on the MMH front lawn from 8-11:30 a.m., with more than 45 vendors

Aug. 24: Morgan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Festival of Friends dinner and silent auction at the James Madison Conference Center. Cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m.

Sept. 5: Community blood drive with Shepeard Blood Group at Morgan County High School.

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