Hospital experiences ‘summer slowdown’

After experiencing several “good months,” the Bamberg County Hospital experienced a slight “summer slowdown” last month Hospital Principal Administrator Carl Menist informed Bamberg County Council members at the August 9, meeting.

The hospital is currently averaging 13-patients per day. Laboratory procedures saw a decrease of 10 percent from May-June. While in-patient treatment was down 30 percent. Surgery volume was up 20 percent to 322 cases in June from 269 cases in May. Overall volume was down only 10 percent. The hospital recorded a little less than break even month with a $12,942 loss with profit of $12,422 and a variance of $25,000.

Revenue for the month was $1.656 million compared to $1,719 million for May. Expenses for the month were $1,670 million compared to $1,650 million for May. Year-to-date profits budgeted for the hospital was just under $400,000 for the first nine months compared to $421,000 for the first three months of last year. The hospital had cash on hand in the amount of $570,000.

In other Business:

• County Administrator Rose Dobson-Elliott said some errors were found in the posting of taxes because individuals have moved their trailers out of the county. She said this will probably be the largest posting the county has ever done and if citizens think their taxes are in error come to the courthouse.

• Kell Anderson, of the Southern Carolina Regional Development Agency (SCRDA) reported on three economic development prospects for the county’s Cross Rhodes Spec Building. Project James out of the northeast a metal processing company was looking at the building. Anderson also reported the Army Corps of Engineers was looking for a 15 acre training site within 50-miles of Orangeburg that would employee 20-people. Also a new project called “Aspen” out of the northwest was interested in moving part of its company here. Anderson note that company would be back on Thursday.

• County Finance Director Thomas M. Thomas reported that as of July 2010 expenditures amounted to $483,590. Thomas reported that the county is “aggressively” seeking quotes on repairs to the roof of the DSS Building.

• Bamberg County Council Chairwoman Alzena Robinson thanked those for their support of the Community of Pride Back-To-School Bash that saw over 400 students participated in the various workshops.