New hospital administrator discusses goals

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

New Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming spoke about his goals of improving the financial situation at the hospital during the RGH board meeting Tuesday.

Leaming was hired in December to replace retiring administrator James D’Agostino.

He said RGH is an adolescent that needs to look up and figure out what it wants to become.

“I’m still the new guy on the block to what is going on in the organization,” Leaming said. “I’ve been spending the first two weeks just really trying to get to know people.”

Leaming said he has been making an independent assessment of the organization, strengths and weaknesses.

“One of the things we’ve got to do differently in this organization is work on the finances, cost and revenue,” Leaming said. “We need to have a decent income from operations because no organization can survive without a decent income from operations.”

Leaming said the hospital is lucky there are additional sources of revenue that support the hospital, such as the gross receipt tax and sole community provider status.

“If those things disappear, where would you be?” Leaming said. “We’ll be in trouble, so we got to take a very close look at our revenue and our cost.”

Leaming wants to look at cost compared to other hospitals, customer services and other things to see what changes can be made.

In other business, the board:

• Heard RGH will soon be able to begin billing Medicare under its new hospital-based rural health clinic designation, which will bring in more money.

• Approved asthma and cardiopulmonary manuals.

• Approved the audit report from J.W. Anderson. The hospital passed the audit.

• Adopted two resolutions to add Leaming to the list of individuals who may sign documents dealing with financial transactions and take D’Agostino off the list.

• Discussed a legal matter and a personnel matter in executive session.