• A tale of 2 hospitals
    Scott County Hospital CEO Mark Burnett (right) takes Kearny County Hospital board and administration on a tour of the local hospital and clinic. Visiting with Burnett are (from left) KCH board member Ralph Reimer, board member Darin Smith and CEO Dave Hof

A tale of 2 hospitals

Scott, Kearny hospitals chart different paths to fiscal growth

With three more physicians and nearly 11,000 more clinic visits annually, Ralph Reimer would expect the financial bottom line of the Kearny County Hospital to look significantly different from the Scott County Hospital.

The fact that the KCH’s total charges for patient care are only about $1.6 million more - and net operating revenue is about $2.8 million less, concerns Reimer, a former chairman and long-time member of the KCH board.

He, along with the hospital CEO, staff and several board members met with Scott County Hospital personnel recently in hopes of finding answers.

“I knew Scott City was making money and we’re losing money,” said Reimer, who was meeting for the second time with Scott County Hospital CEO Mark Burnett and his staff. “We’re not too proud to talk to anybody. We’re looking for answers and what we can copy.”

Burnett, who was previously the hospital’s chief financial officer for seven years, is getting ready to enter his 15th year as the CEO. During this time, the hospital’s gross revenue has nearly tripled - from $11.5 million to just over $30 million.

 

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