Erlanger at Hutcheson losses narrow

Erlanger at Hutcheson losses narrow

June 25th, 2012 by Mariann Martin in Local - Breaking News

Chattanooga Times Free Press file photo of Erlanger at Hutcheson building.

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

FORT OGLETHORPE - North Georgia's public hospital saw its smallest monthly loss in two years in May, a number officials highlighted during a monthly finance committee meeting on Monday.

Erlanger at Hutcheson lost $481,000 in May, much less than that $1.3 million it had budgeted to lose and the millions it has lost in previous months.

"It may be hard to get excited about a $481,000 loss, but compared to previous months we are very pleased," Hutcheson's CEO Roger Forgey told the committee. "Hopefully, we will be able to sustain this."

The loss was the least the hospital has since since May 2010, officials said.

The hospital saw an increase in patient volumes, including emergency room visits and surgeries, according to their financial report.

Trustees said they were pleased at the financial news, but Trustee Bill Chapin said he was hoping to see the hospital in the black soon.

"It's still a cash flow out," he said.

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