Neshoba hospital hits $1.9M deficit

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Neshoba County Hospital’s deficit rose to $1.5 million in fiscal 2010, $500,000 higher than expected.

The Neshoba Democrat reports that the deficit is the hospital’s first since 1996. The hospital’s fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2010.

Hospital administrator Lonnie Graeber says the hospital is showing a small profit this year so far after further cost saving measures were implemented.

Graeber says hours have been reduced for most workers, which, along with attrition, will save the hospital about $900,000 a year.

Later this summer, Graeber says the hospital hopes to implement changes that would, reduce losses from charity care stemming from the emergency department.

An audit showed that the hospital did $4.9 million in charity care in fiscal 2010 compared to $3.7 million the previous fiscal year.

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