published Monday, August 27th, 2012

Erlanger at Hutcheson reports a profit for July

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    Chattanooga Times Free Press file photo of Erlanger at Hutcheson building.
    Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

For the first time in more than three years, Erlanger at Hutcheson made a profit in July, but reported consolidated losses due to expenses at its clinics.

July’s financial report shows a significant improvement for the hospital, administrators said at a Monday finance meeting.

The hospital lost nearly $10 million in the first nine months of the fiscal year and even more the previous year. In May 2011, Erlanger Health System took over management of the hospital and extended a $20 million line of credit.

The July financial report showed increases in patients served, births, surgeries and outpatient visits compared to the same time last year.

The losses at physician clinics were due to start-up expenses that had not been budgeted, as the hospital adds more clinics, executives said.

“We expect to see hospital revenues stabilize as a result of these additional services and are very pleased with our progress so far,” Hutcheson CEO Roger Forgey said in a news release.

about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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