RGH shows profitable month

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer

At the Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting on Tuesday Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens informed board members revenues were up for inpatient care which is above average for the months of June and July.

Stevens said outpatient totals were down from previous months but still up considerably over the average per month. Expenses such as medical supplies and contracts for the hospital were also higher than normal.

Looking at the year to date entry RGH ended with close to a $140,000 profit, according to Stevens.

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners welcomed a new 9th Judicial District Administrator, Amber Hamilton, introducing her to the medical staff during their staff meeting July 11.

“Our SANE program will be governed by us for Roosevelt County, it’s going to be a dual county SANE program,” RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said.

He said Curry County will be part of the program as well.

Chief Nursing Officer Carol Reuter said the program has applied for and should receive non-competitive grant funds from the New Mexico coalition.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 18 the hospital will be celebrating it’s five-year anniversary with a celebration open to hospital employees and residents of Portales.

A mini carnival will be held outside with activities, events and prizes given outside.

Community members are welcome to set up booths inside the main hall of the hospital and free hamburgers and hot dogs will be served to the public.

In other business:

• In the month of June the ER saw 667 patients compared to 730 in May and 736 patients in April.

• Cardiac rehab has 10 patients. Patients are seen three times a week for a total of 120 visits for the month of June.

• Home health saw 26 patients. Supervisor Shannon Rogers tendered her resignation and will be leaving the hospital in October.

• SANE saw two sexual assault victims, one adult and one pediatric.

• The hospital is continuing to see diabetic patients and Reuter said she saw one Monday who was referred to RGH by a doctor in Lubbock.

“We’re hoping the word is getting out that they can send their patients back here to see us and that we’ll work with them,” Reuter said. “We’re excited we are still able to see those patients.