By PETER HUSSMANN
Skiff Medical Center once again saw red ink - though just barely - in its April financial statement, board members were told during this morning's monthly meeting.
The hospital recorded a loss of $43,521 in revenues from operations last month, a swing from the $174,000 in profit recorded in March, the first profitable month the city-owned hospital has recorded since instituting a reduction in force initiative last year and an internal reorganization at the start of the year.
Year-to-date, the hospital has recorded a $3.6 million loss from operations, the financial statements indicate. At this point in the previous fiscal year, losses were $1.9 million.
Statistical reports included with the financial statements show Skiff had a 13 percent drop in total patient days in April compared to the year before and a 5.6 percent decrease in outpatient visits. Total patients days are down 10.8 percent year-to-date compared to last year with outpatient visits down 4.9 percent.