Hospital revenues up on projections

March 24, 1994

An increased demand for outpatient services and more admissions gave Carroll County General Hospital a positive bottom line for the first seven months of this fiscal year.

Kevin Kelbly, vice president for finance, said this week that the hospital posted nearly $28.8 million in operating revenues between July 1 and Jan. 31 with a bottom-line gain of $500,500, slightly ahead of budget projections.

The hospital's daily census for the first seven months of fiscal 1994 was 78 percent. Occupancy was 84 percent in January.

Mr. Kelbly presented the fiscal report Monday at the quarterly meeting of the voting members, about 140 area residents who represent community interests on health care issues.

Since July, the hospital has admitted nearly 5,000 patients, 2 percent ahead of budget projections. The average length of stay was reduced from 5.7 to 5.4 days.

The hospital's 3,312 patients in the Ambulatory Surgery Center represented an increase of 9 percent from a year ago, Mr. Kelbly said; 15,284 patients were treated in the emergency room, a 7 percent increase; and 24,330 patients had outpatient diagnostic testing, a 9 percent increase.

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