Red ink continues to pile up at Tulare Regional Medical Center with the January financial report showing the district lost another $591,787 in January adding up to $4.85 million so far this fiscal year with five months to go. The hospital’s budget had assumed just a $1.5 million loss. The $4.85 year-to-date loss compares to a $4.18 million loss for the same months last year.
January’s daily census in the 112 bed facility was 44 patients compared to 63 this time last year even though it was height of flue season. Year-to-date the census is down to 41 compared to 52 through this time last year. The hospital logged 218 surgeries compared to 249 for the same month in 2013.
Not just the hospital but the district-owned clinics have seen a 40% drop off in primary care visits says the finance report.
Recently plans to build a new Earlimart clinic moved forward with the clinic likely to open by the end of this year funded by a $500,000 grant. In addition Tulare Westside clinic opened in January of this year with farmer Luther Khachigian offering to donate $200,000 for the facility in honor of his wife, Glenda.
Regard the completion of the new Tower a report says the district will need $11 million to complete the long delayed project but has just $6.3 million available.