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RMCHCS Monthly Update – August 24,2012

August 24, 2012 Gallup, NM—, Roger Gleisner, acting CEO for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS), reported that finances continue to be tight for the organization. For the seven months ending July 31, RMCHCS’ total net income was $65,873. RMCHCS experienced a net operating loss of $80,000 for the month of July and ended the month with $1.4 million in cash reserves.  Gleisner does not anticipate the immediate financial outlook to change significantly and the organization continues to keep expenses in check.  “Hospitals across the nation are challenged to reduce costs and ensure operational efficiency while at the same time focusing on high quality patient care,” commented Gleisner.  “Within this climate, we have had to assess our operations and make the difficult decision to reduce staff by 20.”

On Tuesday, August 21, Gleisner provided RMCHCS’ quarterly report to the County Commission.  Included in the quarterly report was an accounting of mill levy receipts. RMCHCS received $805,000 in mill levy funds between January 1 and July 31, 2012 and spent $1.8 million on capital and maintenance for the hospital building.   RMCHCS also requested a change in the wording on the mill levy ballot that will go before voters on November 6.  The change on the ballot would give the County authorization for a tax of up to 4 mills of each dollar assessed property subject to taxation rather than the current 2 mills.  In addition, the ballot would include the provision that mill levy tax dollars could be used for the sole community provider (SCP) matching funds. The County Commissioners accepted RMCHCS’ report and the request for a change in the wording of the ballot unanimously.

RMCHCS is committed to making sure the community has access to excellent health care, including women’s health services.  Dr. Gary Pugh is chair of RMCHCS OB-GYN practice and has been at RMCHCS for five years. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is pleased by the growth he has seen in the practice over the past five years.  “Our practice is a team practice and we all work very well together in order to provide the best care for our patients,” said Pugh.  RMCHCS’ OB-GYN practice offers a wide range of obstetrical and gynecological services for women in all stages of life, including minimally invasive gynecological surgeries and urogynecology, having to do with problems of the bladder and pelvic area.   Dr. Pugh’s team includes Dr. Salam Chalouhi; Dr. Phil Kamps; Dr. Sahar Nouri; Jodi Tarutis, PA; Dr. Mahmood Vaezzedeh; Linda VanAsselt-King, CNM and Starla Willis, CNM.

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