This new ER patient room was on display one day prior to 34 patients visiting MCH on the debut of the first stage of its large-scale renovation. (Photos/Richard Dumas) 

Monroe County Hospital staffers saw 34 patients on the first day that the freshly renovated emergency room re-opened on Friday, July 19, according to MCH patient care services director Casey Fleckenstein. MCH interim director of ancillary services Megan Randall said the hospital’s total ER renovation is projected to be completed by mid-October.

In other Hospital Board notes:

• New Hospital Authority of Monroe County chairman Mac Brown announced on Tuesday, July 23 that the hospital board will move its monthly meetings from 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month to 7:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Brown said the move will go into effect in August.

• The newest member of the Hospital Authority, Dr. Stan Hickman, attended his first board meeting on Tuesday, July 23. Hickman replaced longtime member Kate Cotton, who stepped down from the board at the beginning of the month.

• Monroe County Hospital had another slow financial month in June, reporting a $188,000 total loss.

MCH chief financial officer Judy Ware said on Tuesday, July 23 the hospital earned $1.6 million in gross revenue in June, representing an average daily patient census of 9.3 with 733 ER visits. Ware said June is traditionally a difficult financial month for hospitals nationwide.

On the positive side, Ware said MCH has experienced a 5 percent growth in emergency room volume in 2019 compared with 2018.

Ware said, “We’re headed in the right direction down there (in the ER), and I’m confident that when all the renovations are complete and we have all of our beds open and in service that we’re going to see that in-patient census go up as well.”

For the first nine months of the fiscal 2019 year, Ware said MCH has incurred a total loss of $171,000.