Due to the faltering economy and declining hospital admissions, the McDuffie Regional Medical Center did not meet the expected bottom line for the month of October, according to a report by CFO Pat Parris at the hospital board's monthly meeting Monday.
The medical center was under budget by $279,071 in October, according to the report. Projected profits were $10,675, and the hospital lost $268,396 for the month. October was the first month of the hospital's fiscal year.
Patient days, emergency department visits, surgical procedures and outpatient visits all declined from last year's numbers, Parris said.
October was significantly down for operating room cases, as three surgeons were out, but outpatient numbers are back up for November, said Doug Keir, CEO of McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
Keir said the medical center needs a new monitoring system for the intensive care unit, a replacement for an old system with hard-to-find parts. The equipment, which would cost $280,000, was not included in the budget.
Keir said they are in the process of getting surplus equipment from University Health Systems.
Board members expressed their appreciation for Keir's 20 years of service. He arrived in Thomson in 1991 to fill the CEO position.
With the uncertainty surrounding the hospital, Monday's meeting may have been Keir's last, said Board Chairman Bill Doupé.