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KH board to continue FY15 budget discussion

Posted: September 4, 2014 5:13 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2014 6:00 a.m.

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will use most of its first meeting of September to continue a discussion of the healthcare system’s proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget on Monday at 6 p.m. The board will vote on the budget at its second meeting of the month on Sept. 22.

KershawHealth administrators brought the proposed budget forward to the board during its Aug. 25 meeting, projecting a nearly $2 million operating loss for the fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. The proposed budget sees a continued trend of decreasing patient volumes, especially where inpatient numbers are concerned. It also projects surgical volumes to stay flat.

The budget’s authors hope to offset what would be even larger losses through an improved emergency department, using a new “express care” system that launched at the beginning of the month. While emergency department visits decreased by more than 12 percent during most of FY 2014, the budget projects a 5 percent gain during FY 2015.

KershawHealth is also proposing to enact a 7 percent fee increase on Oct. 1.

Also on tap for Monday night are reports from the board’s quality and strategic planning committees, including a discussion on the formation of a possible subcommittee for developments in Elgin.

In addition:

• interim CEO Terry Gunn will give a KershawHealth Board of Visitors report;

• board Chair Karen Eckford will go over the remainder of the board’s September schedule; and

• trustees will enter executive session to discuss “various legal matters.”

Monday’s meeting will be held at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road and is open to the public.

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