By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer
Roosevelt General Hospital administrators informed the board at Tuesday’s meeting they have fixed an accounting error that began in July 2005 in which $290,000 in expenses had been charged twice.
The money was charged into two separate accounts when it should have been just one, according to Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens. Correcting the error has boosted the hospital’s assets, she said. The error was noticed in May during routine audits.
Total assets are listed as $14,398,160 as of May 31.
“We want the public to know we’re back on a profitable track,” said Stevens.
The patient count for May was 730. Seventy-eight patients were admitted, and there were 43 transfers. During May there were no deaths or births and two conscious sedations, and there was one TNK. Patient numbers are increasing or stable, according to Stevens.
Eye Associates will be at the hospital in June and expect to see 60 patients. The hospital also had 60 separate patients itself in May.
Cardiac Rehab has eight patients, and home health has 32 patients.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners treated two female victims in May.
The population in Los Lunas is expanding enough that plans to build a hospital there have been set in motion, said Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino. New Mexico hospitals will be showcased as models, and Roosevelt General Hospital will submit a history.
Invivo, a magnetic resonance imaging monitoring company, will upgrade the electrical technology in the hospital. Many of the high frequencies of the electrical equipment interrupt each other, causing skewed data output from the machines. A frequency band will be used that directs the high frequencies in the equipment to run without error.
A new MRI will start Sept. 25 and a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will begin operating Aug. 15, according to D’Agostino.
The hospital plans to advertise on a billboard between Portales and Clovis as well as print more ads in a Spanish language paper.