Even though Marion County Hospital District #1 is in the black by $97,000 for the year, it’s not time to relax just yet.
Harry Jarvis of QHR, the management consulting company for the hospital, told the board of directors at the July 22 meeting that the bottom line still needs some work.
He recommended that the consulting company do a price check with other hospitals in the area to see how St. Luke Hospital stacks up in prices.
Another important task for the hospital is to continue looking at other ways to increase revenue which may include an urologist, Jarvis said.
Chief financial officer recruitment continues by QHR. Three or four recruitments were received with one promising candidate from Maryland who backed out of the process when he accepted a position in North Dakota.
The position opening is posted in the Wichita Eagle, on the QHR web site, and in the Kansas Hospital Association newsletter.
When Jarvis reported that the next round of training for board members again was going to be held in Nashville, board member Judy Reno said she wishes QHR would move the training to a closer location. She said it was difficult as a board member to approve the expense of $2,000 for a board member to attend when the bottom line is tenuous. Jarvis said he would express her concerns with the firm.