Fulton County Hospital Board sees finances dip in July

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Fulton County Hospital Board met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 27, and were faced with some disappointing numbers from July. Overall, the hospital was in the red by $155,340, compared to a profit of over $200,000 in 2017. However, it was noted the 2017 numbers included Medicaid settlements that have not yet been received for the 2018 fiscal year.

Problem areas for the facility were in payroll, which according to CEO Curren Everett, were due to many employees taking vacation during the month of July and the necessary overtime required by other employees to cover their shifts. Salaries for July sat at $420,038 versus just $384,683 last year. Operations manager, Jennifer Perryman, also pointed out that the July 4 holiday pay factored in to the high payroll numbers as well.

Everett noted the hospital is supposed to be at 129-130 full time employees, where in July the count of full time employees sat at 136. He promised to keep a close eye on that number, along with the overtime being incurred at the facility. “Some overtime is always to be expected in a facility such as ours,” said Everett, “but it is something we can have more control over.”

One positive number for the hospital in July was the average length of stay days for swingbed, which were at 12.4, compared to only 5.3 last year. Patient admits were also up this year, with 51 for the month compared to only 47 last year.

The board also got a report on the Fulton County Hospital Foundation’s Golf Tournament, which was held on Aug. 11. Perryman stated it was the second best ever for the foundation, and they were pleased to see a diverse range of ages playing, from teens up to senior citizens. She noted the foundation wished to thank everyone who helped make the event such a success this year.

No additional comments were made regarding the special meeting which was held on Aug. 16 and resulted in no action being taken. Having no old or new business to discuss, and no need to go into executive session, the meeting was adjourned. The Fulton County Hospital Board of Governors meets the fourth Monday of the month at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

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