Hutcheson Medical Center Has System-Wide Profit In September

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hutcheson Medical Center officials reported an overall system profit for September at today’s Board of Directors’ Budget and Finance Committee meeting. While the North Georgia health system reported profits in July and August from hospital operations, September marks the first month since January 2009 that Hutcheson has reported a system-wide profit.

 

Hospital leadership reported that positive earnings for the hospital system were $91,104 in September, reflecting a $323,499 improvement over the monthly budgeted loss and a $1.87 million improvement compared to last year. Factors contributing to the profit included a higher hospital census, more surgeries, and an increase in emergency room patient volume.

 

Compared to last year, the hospital census for September was up 60 percent, total surgeries were up 32 percent, and seven percent more patients visited Hutcheson’s emergency room. Officials also noted that the hospital has seen a steadily improving commercial and Medicare payer mix as compared to 2011.

“Obviously, we are excited to announce the hospital’s first system profit in almost three years. It demonstrates our employees’ dedication to turning this hospital around and indicates the growing support of physicians and residents in the North Georgia community,” stated Roger Forgey, president and CEO of Hutcheson Medical Center.


New Cleveland High Gym Completion Pushed Back 6 Days Due To Rainy Weather

Earlier rainy weather has pushed back the promised completion date for the new Cleveland High School gymnasium by six days. The new date is March 2. Architect Brian Templeton said the rain caused delays in roofing and concrete work. But he said much of the roof is now complete, so rain will no longer be a construction factor. He said inside structural work is ongoing ... (click for more)

Truck Driver Charged In 6 Deaths Picked Up In Kentucky By Hamilton County Fugitive Officers

Hamilton County Fugitive Division officers picked up Benjamin Brewer in Kentucky on Tuesday.  He is facing six voluntary manslaughter charges in Hamilton County.  The assistant prosecutor handling Brewer’s case for the Commonwealth Attorney in Fayette County, Ky., informed District Attorney Neal Pinkston that the Kentucky charges against Brewer had been dropped.   ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Is Right On The Muslim Threat - And Response (2)

Sheriff Hammond is exactly correct on the Muslims in Tennessee.  He sees with clear eyes the problem with the Muslims in our state and country.  They do want to take over Tennessee.  Our politicians are selling us down the river and allowing the trouble makers to dig in like tics and suck out the life's blood of our Constitution and take us over.  They ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My September Garden

As we begin the annual pilgrimage into fall, I walk through my garden and, in the spirit of Orchids and Onions, I see colorful mums starting to flower at the same time dried-up weeds are begging to be pulled. So as we turn the calendar to September, here are some things that catch my eye: A COLORFUL MUM to Chattanooga State for unveiling the Michael Hennen Hospitality Center in ... (click for more)

Pugh, Smith Lead Sale Creek Past East Ridge, 3-0

If Sale Creek’s Bailey Pugh and Ariana Smith were a comedy act, Pugh would be Ed McMahan and Smith would play Johnny Carson. On the court, Pugh sets up Smith, who finishes things with killer punch lines. That was certainly the case Tuesday at East Ridge High School where the visiting Lady Panthers rolled over the Lady Pioneers, 3-0, with game scores of 25-16, 25-8 and ... (click for more)

Luthringer, Boyd Earn First Wins In Prep Cross Country Tuesday

There were a couple of first-time winners on Tuesday afternoon at Camp Jordan as the Chattanooga Cross Country League had its first official meet of the season. It was plenty hot and the humidity was relentless, so race officials decided to shorten the first race from the customary 5K distance to a two-mile test. The heat didn’t seem to bother the overall winners as Signal ... (click for more)