Rumor: National Trends Show Decline in Rural Hospital Use, Steadily Decrease in Market Share, Decrease in Number of Inpatient Days

Opposition Rumor 8:

National trends show a decline in the use of rural hospitals. Our hospital is showing this same trend with a steadily decreasing market share, a decrease in the number of inpatient days and the inability to meet its operating budget for the past 5 years.

Fact 8:

LCCH’s inpatient visits have actually been very steady over the last 6 years. The average daily census has been 17. This appears on reports as a loss of market share because our region is growing.

With the additional flexibility offered by private patient rooms in the new hospital, the flat inpatient numbers would likely rise. Health care consumers are attracted to new and pleasing environments.

The important point is that inpatient stays account for only 30% of LCCH revenue. The outpatient revenue (70% of total) has been steadily increasing, jumping by over $1,000,000 in 2016 alone.

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Rumor 7: National Trends Show a Decline in the Use of Rural Hospitals.

Opposition Rumor 7:

National trends show a decline in the use of rural hospitals. Our hospital is showing this same trend with a steadily decreasing market share, a decrease in the number of inpatient days and the inability to meet its operating budget for the past 5 years.

Fact 7:

Many rural hospitals do in fact face an uphill battle. But the future for Lake Chelan Community Hospital is very bright.
Due to our growing community, our strong administration and staff and our expanding outpatient profit centers, we have much to be proud of and much to look forward to. However, we need a new facility to take the next step towards a bright health care future.
Additionally, not all rural hospitals enjoy Critical Access Hospital status. As a CAH, LCCH is guaranteed 101% of expense reimbursement on over 60% of its business. This creates a very stable operating position.
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Rumor 6 – New hospital will increase the existing debt to $50 million (FALSE)

Opposition Rumor 6:

A new hospital will increase the existing non-voted debt by $22 million for a total non-voted debt of $30 million. This debt is in addition to the $20 million levy being voted on on April 25th for a total combined debt of $50 million.

New Hospital Fact 6:

Our hospital is no Town Toyota Center (TTC). Given its designation as a Critical Access Hospital, which secures strong and consistent reimbursements, the hospital faces a very strong financial future in a new building.
In addition, LCCH has had a long financial history as a known entity from which to base its ability to borrow money and afford to pay it back. That was not the case with TTC.

By law, voters cannot be forced to pay for more than what they agree to pay for in a public vote. Given our valley is a thriving and growing community, it’s important we have a modern, dependable health care facility to meet our needs.

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