published Monday, May 21st, 2012

Chattanooga: Erlanger losses dip in April

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Erlanger Health System had its second-best month in eight months in April and may break even in May, after nearly a year of dismal reports, officials said Monday evening.

The mood at the monthly Budget and Finance Committee meeting Monday evening was optimistic compared with last month’s meeting, when officials reported a $4 million loss.

“We might make it in May,” said interim CEO Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, talking about when the hospital may see its first positive numbers.

The hospital lost just over $717,000 in April despite $4 million in uncompensated care. It has lost nearly $18 million since the beginning of the fiscal year in July.

about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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