"This is not a time to slack up," said Ed Piper, the Hospital Authority's chief executive officer.
"We have to work as hard or harder this year as we did last year."Piper
said that recruiting more doctors with income guarantee contracts would be an important part of the Hospital Authority's
The proposed budget factors in a plan to recruit seven new physicians, which will cost the authority about $700,000, according to the proposed budget.The investment is expected to amount to a more than 2 percent increase in total patient revenue.
"The stretch is going to be can we get doctors in here," Piper
said."Can we get them in here within a year time frame and can we find space?"
Other proposed investments include $1.2 million in a new cardiac catheterization lab equipment; $500,000 in cardiac monitors and telemetry; $405,000 in digital radiolgraphy and fluoroscopy unit; $246,000 to repair the exterior skin of the hospital building; and $1 million to replace the chiller and towers and to install a new energy management control system.
The four authority members who attended the workshop asked Smith questions about the proposed budget, which will be formerly presented to the board at its Sept. 26 meeting.Board members were interested in details regarding line items labeled "other" in addition to areas where they thought the authority could still be saving money.