Hospital board approves 1999 budget

This article submitted by Peter Jacobson on 10/6/98.

The Paynesville Area Health Care System [PAHCS] Board of Directors approved the fiscal 1999 budget at a special meeting held Monday, Sept. 28. The PAHCS fiscal year runs from Oct. 1, 1998, to Sept. 30, 1999.

Revenues for fiscal 1999 are budgeted at†$12,325,000, up 2.8 percent from an annualized estimate of 1998 revenues at $11,985,000.

Expenses are budgeted at $12,085,000, up 2.7 percent from the estimated annualized 1998 expenses of $11,765,000.

With an estimated nonoperating revenue of $57,000 added in, the net excess for fiscal 1999 is estimated at $297,000.

This compares with an estimated net excess for fiscal 1998 of $200,000 and an actual excess of $10,093 in fiscal 1997.

Capital expenditures totalling $404,090 were also approved as part of the budget. The largest capital items include a c-arm for the X-ray machine and an ultrasound upgrade in radiology, a new nurse call system and a wandering system in the Koronis Manor, a scheduler in outreach, and Year 2000 upgrades in administration.

Negotiations with the LPNs for their two-year contract have broken down. A mediation session to resolve this issue has been scheduled for Oct. 26, according to Willie LaCroix, administrator.

The Richmond City Council, at a special hearing on Sept. 28, approved rezoning of the land that PAHCS is interested in purchasing for the location of a new clinic in Richmond. The Tax Increment Financing assistance the PAHCS board has requested for the new clinic is proceeding, according to LaCroix and board member Doug Ruhland, who represented PAHCS at the council meeting.

A new financial policy was discussed and passed for implementation by the board. The policy will tighten up the accounts receivable problem the facility constantly faces. It should also provide better cash flow.

The new policy will require the patient, at the time of an appointment at the clinic or discharge from the hospital, to choose one of four options for payment of their deductible or co-pay:
1. Payment in full;
2. VISA or Mastercard;
3. A loan through Affiliated Credit Services sponsored by PAHCS;
4. Financial aid for hospital accounts only [contact PAHCS for aid form].

In other business, the board:
ē approved provisional privileges for Dr. Timothy Schuchard, cardiology; Dr. Ahmed Soliman, ENT; and Dr. Richard Strate, general surgeon, all to the consulting staff.

ē approved full privileges for Dr. Robert Glesne, urology, to the consulting staff.

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