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The Connally Memorial Medical Center continues on its road to recovery, as reported by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Burnside during the July 18 meeting of the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board.

Burnside touted a June 27 report by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, which raised the district’s underlying rating from B- to B on its series 2003 general obligation bonds. See related article, page 10A.

The hospital ended June with a total operating loss of $447,784 for the current fiscal year, Burnside reported. But he believes that with projected meaningful-use incentive payments and if the hospital meets budgetary projections from July to September, Connally will end the year with $394,523 in operating income.

The CEO also reported that the hospital finished June with a net income of $298,653, and a total operating gain of $66,758. Operating revenue for the month was $1,941,855, while operating expenses totaled $1,875,097.

Burnside said the hospital is transitioning from the first phase of its turnaround plan, which dealt with improving operations. The second phase of the plan is growth. In light of Connally being positioned in a competitive medical-service market, he would like to see more area residents take advantage of its services, instead of bypassing the hospital for other area facilities. Last year, Burnside said Floresville residents generated $36.3 million in medical expenses. Of that amount, just $4.8 million was billed by Connally.

One of the ways the hospital can grow is by continuing to recruit doctors that specialize in areas most needed by area residents. Burnside announced that Dr. David Eckmark, a new primary-care physician, will open his new office in the hospital’s adjacent medical-office building Aug. 1. A new gastrointestinal surgeon also has signed a contract to join Connally’s staff in October.

Burnside also reported that the hospital’s tele-stroke partnership with San Antonio-based Methodist Healthcare has captured the attention of the Texas Hospital Association. Representatives of the group, along with visitors from a Georgia hospital group, toured the hospital July 18, viewing the emergency department’s SAM (stroke alert machine) robot. Chief Nursing Officer Celeste Brizzee said that since going online in May, SAM has aided in the treatment of more than 10 stroke patients.

In attendance: Connally Memorial Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Burnside, Chief Nursing Officer Celeste Brizzee, Chief of Staff Dr. Emily Frye, Administrative Assistant Shirley Bienek, Quality Director Sue Tackitt, Chief Financial Officer Patricia Solis, Staff Accountant Barbara Meza, Executive Director of Ancillary Services Thomas Repino, Director of Physician Practice Operations Brandi Nutt, and Director of Human Resources and Risk Management Dane Bonecutter; and board members Larry Richardson, Tommy Soriero, Keith Johanson, Tom Miller, Tom Ray, and Ronnie Eckel.
 

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