Erlanger Health System, which had endured two consecutive monthly losses totaling $7.4 million, cut the loss to $249,056 for April.
Kevin Spiegel, new president and CEO, said admissions were up, but the hospital did not control its operating costs as well as it should. He said, "It could have been a home run month if we had managed our expenses better."
Erlanger officials said they will meet with bondholders next week. Officials said earlier the hospital was at risk of not meeting bond covenants at the end of this fiscal year.
Mr. Spiegel said the hospital will be stressing the future outlook and "all the positives" including a new five-year pact with BlueCross BlueShield.
He said, "We will be telling what we do for this community and the services we provide."
Mr. Spiegel also told the board finance committee, "The doctors are coming back." One factor leading to the hospital losses has been listed as an exodus of physicians.
Total losses for the fiscal year to date are $9.6 million.
Admissions were up 10.7 percent over the prior year.
Surgical inpatients were up over 10 percent and surgical outpatients almost 27 percent.
Neurosurgery inpatient surgeries rose 25 percent, while orthopaedic inpatient surgers were down 4.4 percent.
Emergency room visits were down five percent.
Chief Financial Officer Britt Tabor said, “In light of our $2.5 million and $4.9 million losses in February and March, this month’s report represents a significant turnaround for Erlanger. Although we’re not reporting a profit tonight, our numbers look considerably better and we every reason to feel good about the new strategies we have in place. We are ahead of last year’s numbers on all counts.”
Mr. Tabor also pointed out that, 10 months into its fiscal year, Erlanger has already provided more than $62.4 million in uncompensated care to the community. “In April alone, we incurred $5.7 million in uncompensated care, far more than any other health system in this area,” he said.