RMCHCS Monthly Update – September 28, 2012
September 28, 2012 Gallup, NM—Roger Gleisner, acting CEO for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS), reported that the organization ended the month of August with a year-to-date net operating loss of $165,000. In early August, RMCHCS received $2.7 million in sole community provider funds and the organization ended the month with a cash reserve of $1.8 million.
Recently, McKinley County’s commissioners approved $800,000 in supplemental funding for the Sole Community Provider funds which, with federal matching dollars, will result in $2.56 million for the hospital. “This will be of significant help to RMCHCS,” said Gleisner. Lower patient volumes in RMCHCS’ various service areas have had an impact on the organization’s overall financial picture.
“We are committed to making sure the people of McKinley County have access to quality health care. So much is changing in the health care industry, that we can no longer rely on the way we have done business in the past,” says Gleisner. “We are looking at all areas of the organization to make sure we are operating efficiently and being good stewards of our resources.”
In August, the McKinley County commissioners approved a proposal for a hospital mill levy of up to 4 mills, which will be on the November 6 ballot. Funding from the mill levy tax will help ensure community access to quality health care and state of the art medical equipment needed for patient care. Funds will also be used for the maintenance and improvement of the current hospital facility that RMCHCS leases from McKinley County. Many counties with hospitals in New Mexico already have hospital mill levy taxes of 4 mills and higher.
RMCHCS is celebrating national breast cancer awareness month by offering mammogram screenings at a promotional rate of $75 throughout the entire month of October. RMCHCS will also host two Saturday mammogram screening clinics on October 13 and 27, 8 am – 5pm, in the radiology department. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call RMCHCS diagnostic imaging department at 505.863.7015.
RMCHCS is also partnering with Clear Channel Radio on several community breast cancer awareness events, beginning with a breast cancer walk on Sunday, October 7 at 2 pm. This free event will begin at the McKinley County Courthouse plaza and will end up at the RMCHCS parking lot. Gallup Goes Pink will take place on Friday, October 12 and Pink Night Out will take place on October 19 at the Coal Street Pub, beginning at 5 pm. For more information, call 505.863.7283.
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