The Hermann Area District Hospital recently reviewed reports and updates connected to the facility's management of operations against the backdrop of the pandemic.
Although patient activity remains slower than last year, the inpatient census still generated an additional $400,000 in gross charges for September, based on information from Controller Christine Lewis. Most outpatient services were lower than in August, except for surgery, laboratory, and rural health clinic services -- which together brought in an overall $300,000 increase in net operating revenue. The hospital lost $33,000 in September.
Stimulus funds that HADH has received have translated into a year-to-date profit of $2.3 million. There is concern of how much funding will be available in 2021, and how much of this year's stimulus funds will need to be used to stabilize operations next year. The board has until its December meeting to approve the next budget.
Clinics continue to handle tele-health visits and some in-person visits. The volume of clinic visits in September were 8 percent higher than a year ago and 34 percent higher than two years ago. Year-to-date visits through September were slightly over 16,000, and were therefore 5 percent less than for the same time in 2019. Officials said they will continue to evaluate plans for replacing the clinics, and would be interested in using around $2 million of the stimulus funds for the project.
The hospital has received around $1.8 million from the U.S. Small Business Adminstration Payroll Protection Program to assist during the pandemic, to cover payroll and thereby avoid layoffs. The reduction in patient activity early in the pandemic did result in some reduction of employees. The hospital is also working on applying for relief funds through Gasconade County to purchase equipment that would assist in caring for COVID-19 patients.