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RMCHCS Monthly Update – June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012, Gallup, New Mexico — Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) ended the month of April with total operating revenues of $4.8 million and total operating expenses of $4.7 resulting in a $100,000 net gain for the month. Roger Gleisner, acting CEO, reported that at the end of April RMCHCS had approximately 25 days of operating cash on hand ($3.6 million). “We will continue to closely monitor our finances,” commented Gleisner, “especially since we are entering what is historically our slow period, with volumes generally lower than during the winter months. We expect cash to be tight through June and into July.”

Gleisner announced that Rafael Garcia, MD has joined RMCHCS’ medical practice. Dr. Garcia is a Board Certified pediatrician with the American Board of Pediatrics. He received his MD degree from the University of California, San Francisco, California. He completed his pediatric residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Garcia comes to RMCHCS from Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario, Oregon.

Gleisner also announced that Bryan Kamps, MD who has served as RMCHCS’ orthopedic surgeon since 1995 will be leaving RMCHCS’ medical practice at the end of the summer. Kamps has accepted a position with Spectrum Health Medical Group at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “We are sorry to see Dr. Kamps go. This is indeed a great loss for us,” commented Gleisner. “However, we are proud that one of our surgeons will be practicing in such an excellent health care system.” Grand Rapids has the main medical campus for Michigan State University Medical School, giving Kamps the opportunity to teach medical students and orthopedic residents. “This is an exciting career move for Dr. Kamps and we wish him all the best.” RMCHCS is actively recruiting for a full-time orthopedic surgeon to fill Dr. Kamps’ position and to ensure continuity of orthopedic services.

In just over three months, the RMCHCS Foundation along with the RMCHCS Auxiliary will host the 17th Charity Invitational. This event is one of the largest fundraising events in the State of New Mexico. In its 16 years of existence, Charity Invitational has raised over $4 million to help support the work of RMCHCS. Last year the event grossed over $270,000 and funds were used to help RMCHCS purchase digital mammography equipment. This year, funds will be raised to help improve RMCHCS’ emergency room facilities in order to enhance patient comfort and care. With nearly 25,ooo emergency visits per year, RMCHCS emergency room is well-used by our community and is in need of some changes.

One tradition that is important to Charity Invitational is the nomination of an Honoree. Colin Tanner, owner of T & R Market and an active supporter of both health care and education in the community, has been selected Charity Invitational 17 Honoree. Tanner believes that excellent health care and education is vital to a thriving community and actively supports both causes. The Charity Invitational Committee is pleased to recognize Mr. Tanner for his contributions to the Gallup community.

The Charity Invitational Committee is made up of members of the RMCHCS Auxiliary, the RMCHCS Foundation, RMCHCS staff members as well as community members, and this year the committee is chaired by Angelo DiPaolo. DiPaolo is honored to serve as committee chair and stated, “I am proud to support Charity Invitational and the mission of RMCHCS because access to excellent health care and resources are important to our quality of life.” Charity Invitational events will take place the week of September 10, with the golf tournament on September 14 and the dinner ball on September 15.