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Syringa passes $15.2M budget for FY 2019

Syringa Hospital

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New officers elected for coming year

GRANGEVILLE – New board officers were elected at the Aug. 28 Syringa Hospital trustee meeting. They will take office at the October meeting.

Elected board chair (currently held by Al Bolden of White Bird) is Leta Strauss of Grangeville. Elected vice-chair (currently held by trustee Steve Didier of Kooskia) is Jerry Zumalt of Grangeville. Elected as the secretary/treasurer (currently held by Strauss) is Gunther Williams of Grangeville.

The next board meeting is set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m., at the Soltman Center.

— Syringa Hospital board of trustees unanimously passed the fiscal year 2019 budget at the Aug. 28 meeting.

Total operating revenue for the hospital for 2019 is expected to be $15,218,782. This includes inpatient revenue of $4,202,104 (19 percent); outpatient revenue of $13,736,650 (62 percent); and clinic revenue of $4,174,306 (19 percent).

Expenses are budgeted at $14,579,624 which includes salaries and wages of $8,445,628; employee benefits of $1,891,360; supplies of $1,142,492; and utilities of $259,677.

Property tax revenue for 2019 is expected to be $540,378. In 2016 it was $517,284, and in 2017 it came in at $533,679.

With depreciation of $505,042, the expected revenue is $762,844. In 2016 and 2017 the hospital was in the red by -$57,577 and -$683,180, respectively.

“We have held expenses pretty close this year,” CFO Betty Watson explained.

Budget areas seeing the largest projected increases for 2019 are obstetrics (up 31.4 percent); nursery (up 65.7 percent); labor and delivery (up 43.8 percent); and clinic visits – Grangeville up 10.2 percent and Kooskia up 8.6 percent.

For a complete budget contact Watson at the hospital at 208-983-1700.


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