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RMCHCS Monthly Update – June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012, Gallup, New Mexico — Roger Gleisner, acting CEO, reported that for the five months ending May 31, 2012, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services’ (RMCHCS) total operating revenue was $27.7 million and total operating expenses were $27.5 million, resulting in a net operating gain of $240,000. RMCHCS ended the five-month period with 18 days of operating cash on hand ($2.8 million). “Our financial commitments are currently being met,” said Gleisner, “however, our cash reserves leave us with a limited margin of safety. As we know, the summer months are seasonally low-volume months in health care, so we continue to monitor our day to day cash management closely.”

With the Affordable Health Care Act having been upheld by the US Supreme Court earlier in the week, Gleisner commented that this decision provides much-needed clarity on the direction the nation is taking to transform health care. “While this is not an easy task and will not happen overnight, it is our hope that the promise of expanded Medicaid and private insurance coverage will result in better access to care by patients,” said Gleisner. “RMCHCS will continue to focus on quality and efficiency in delivering health care. We will also continue to invest in health information technology such as electronic health records and in patient safety initiatives.”

In keeping with RMCHCS’ commitment to patient safety and quality of care, Gleisner announced that RMCHCS will be among 23 New Mexico hospitals who have joined the New Mexico Hospital Engagement Network (NM HEN), which was developed by the New Mexico Hospital Association (NMHA) in partnership with the Hospital Research and Education Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association. The goal of NM HEN is to engage New Mexico hospitals in quality improvement programs. Jeff Dye, NMHA president and CEO, stated that, “The NMHA is pleased to support 23 of our hospitals that have chosen to transform health care in the state. New Mexico hospitals continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to improve patient safety and quality of care.”

Gleisner also reported that on June 21 and 22, RMCHCS and Gallup Indian Medical Center (GIMC) hosted the area’s first trauma symposium. Approximately 200 physicians, providers, nurses and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel came together to learn from regional and national experts about what is new in trauma care. Topics ranged from pediatric abdominal trauma, pediatric injury prevention, farm, ranch and rodeo injuries to forensics, motor vehicle crash investigation and injury prevention. The symposium began with an opening address by Dr. Catherine Torres, Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health. Gleisner said that Dr. Torres visited both facilities that same day and was very pleased by the joint venture and expressed hope for future collaborations. The trauma symposium was made possible by a grant from the State Department of Health Trauma Program along with support from Gallup Med Flight, TriState CareFlight, PHI and Dr. Mary Poel.

On Saturday, June 23, 2012 Gallup joined 10 cities throughout New Mexico for a state-wide Project Heart Start training program. Nearly 100 residents, ages ranging from 12 – 76, attended the Compression-Only CPR (COCPR) training at Hiroshi Miyamura High School. Dr. Alan Beamsley, Medical Director of RMCHCS’ Emergency Department, was instrumental in bringing the training to Gallup. He was pleased by the turnout and by the number of volunteers who came out help. Members of the Gallup Fire Department, EMT services along with other health care providers turned up to help offer the training. “It was a great event,” said Beamsley, “and we plan on offering this training again next year.” Project Heart Start was funded by the New Mexico Heart Institute and sponsored by KOAT TV and the Albuquerque Journal. Gallup’s event was sponsored by Western New Mexico Emergency Physicians, RMCHCS, TriState CareFlight, Gallup Med Flight, Gallup Vision Source, Gurley Motor Co., Century 21 Action Realty and Butler’s Printing and Office Supply.