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The Liberty County Hospital Authority got some good news from their auditor Tuesday. The hospital closed out its fiscal year $26,000 in the black, significantly better than previous audits showing volumes of red ink.
Bert Bennett of Draffin & Tucker, the CPA who performed the audit, said, "This is a big improvement over last year."
Total patient revenue for the fiscal year was $6,486,000, Bennett said
Authority Chairman Jon Long said the audit had been discussed in detail in the Liberty County Hospital Authority's Finance Committee.
The discussion Tuesday did not go into detail and attempts to get a copy of the audit and more comments were not successful after the meeting.
Good news also came from Coastal Manor, Liberty Regional Hospital's long-term care facility in Ludowici.
Administrator Elise Stafford reported that a surprise visit by state regulators had resulted in a clean bill of health for the nursing home.
She also brought word that one of the reimbursement rates had been increased, bringing the facility more money for the services it provides.
Jim Turner, emergency medical transportation chief, told the authority the county commissioners had ordered a new ambulance. He also said that the state budget still contained  $20,000 to be used to house EMS which now operates out of a converted residence.
"That's good news," said LRMC Chief Executive Officer Scott Kroell. The budget has not yet been signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, who last year used his line-item veto to kill many such local projects.
Kroell reported that he had been in discussions with executives at Winn Army Community Hospital on sharing the services of a physician. A non-invasive cardiologist has been identified who might work part time at each of the two hospitals.
Kroell also told authority members that the hospital in Reidsville had been sold and that the new owners had expressed interest in transportation furnished by Liberty.
Authority Member Will Darsey reported for LRMC's facilities committee that unannounced fire drills at the hospital and the nursing home had been carried out successfully. LRMC's human resources department has completed its move to Ludowici.
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