LEXINGTON – The Lexington Regional Health Center held their regular meeting on Tuesday, discussing awards, economic impact, local ratings, finances and advertising.
Drs. Francisca Acosta-Carlson and Brady Beecham were named winners of the Nebraska Minority Public Health Association (NeMPHA) Service Provider Award.
This award recognizes a service provider who has exhibited outstanding leadership in bringing and/or improving health services to racial/ethnic minority populations. Factors taken into consideration include: provision of outstanding direct health care with compassion, comprehensive and caring services; involvement in racial/ethnic minority affairs and activities of the community that enhance quality of life in the community; involvement in education; promotes inter-disciplinary health care delivery; contributes support leading to improvement of racial/ethnic minority health; and provides lasting contributions to the minority health care system.
CEO, Leslie Marsh reported to the board the results of recent study showing the economic impact the LRHC has on the community. For many, the results were eye-opening.
The health center directly provides 230 jobs, creating nearly $29 million in revenue. That generates $381,682 in state/local taxes. Besides those that are directly employed by LRHS, there are also people that are indirectly employed like contractors or linen providers and those working in fields that are known as having an induced impact from the hospital like real estate, electricity and entertainment. All told, the survey found that the hospital helps to generate $1.5 million in taxes and create $55 million in revenue.
Marsh also reported that LRHC ranks as the only 5-star hospital in a 100 mile radius.
“This is all about the team,” Marsh said, “we just have a great group of people here at Lexington Regional Health Center. It is a great place to work!”
Colton May, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, provided an update on the advertising efforts from LRHC. May said there are five outdoor bill boards advertising the services available. He also said they are using video, pre-roll advertising on social networking and YouTube.
Jim Hain, COO recalled some recent discussions with customers. He reported that a patient made the following comment: “you guys are over the top, you are doing great things here.” Hain also said that recently when a patient paid his bill he sent in extra money to be distributed to the nurses in the ER because they had done such a good job with him.
Finally, CFO Wade Eschenbrenner gave his report on finances at LRHC. Overall, Eschenbrenner said financials continue to trend upward, especially since 2010. Operating cash is above last year’s mark, as long term debt continue’s to fall. He reported that the average daily census is 10.7 in patients. At this time, LRHC is seeing a 75% increase in outpatient revenue.
In other news, the board approved the purchase of a new hematology machine costing $71,265. The current machine reportedly has reached the end of it’s useful life.