|Mahaska Health Partnership Seeing More Patients|
|Friday, 20 January 2012 15:27|
Mahaska Health Partnership is seeing more patients than it did last year, according to the hospital's annual audit. CEO Jay Christensen says MHP usually sees more patients when the hospital adds more services or providers. CRI looked into the services MHP added this year and what seeing more patients means for the hospital.
MHP CEO Jay Christensen says he's very glad more people are visiting MHP.
"More is always better. You know, when you're in healthcare and you're in a fixed cost environment, more volume is always important to being able to make ends meet and offer more services."
This past year, MHP added new nurse practitioners, an opthamologist, and a new physician. The new opthamologist can perform cataract surgeries---Christensen says that will make MHP more competitive.
"It's also a wonderful service for a patient population that has difficulty traveling."
MHP's fiscal 2011 revenue, more than 37 million dollars, reflects an increase of 7.3 percent from the previous year. MHP's expenses for the same period increased 7.9 percent---equalling more than 35 million. Christensen says that situation isn't out of the ordinary for a nonprofit hospital---making a sizable profit isn't the goal. He sees the increase in expenses as an investment.
"Sometimes you have to invest those costs on the front end to drive revenue on the back end, for instance if we're recruiting physicians or a start-up of other practices."
And with more people coming to MHP than last year, Christensen says it's important to continue that strategy.
"We're going to continue to recruit providers. Our goal is to provide even more services locally."
Christensen says the hospital's expansion will also help provide more services to patients. The mild winter has made work easier on crews building the hospital's 22 million dollar expansion. MHP CEO Jay Christensen says the construction crews appreciated the warmer weather earlier this winter.
"They're going to continue to work anyway, but obviously the work pace that they're able to go at is contingent upon the weather."
The addition will house new surgical, inpatient and birthing facilities and should be complete by summer, 2013.