Chattanooga: Erlanger losses dip in April

Chattanooga: Erlanger losses dip in April

May 21st, 2012 by Mariann Martin in Local - Breaking News

Chattanooga's Erlanger Hospital is seen in this aerial file photo.

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

Erlanger Health System had its second-best month in eight months in April and may break even in May, after nearly a year of dismal reports, officials said Monday evening.

The mood at the monthly Budget and Finance Committee meeting Monday evening was optimistic compared with last month's meeting, when officials reported a $4 million loss.

"We might make it in May," said interim CEO Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, talking about when the hospital may see its first positive numbers.

The hospital lost just over $717,000 in April despite $4 million in uncompensated care. It has lost nearly $18 million since the beginning of the fiscal year in July.