St. Luke's Health Care swings to black in Q1

Duluth, Minn.-based St. Luke's Health Care recorded net income of $6.6 million in the three months ended March 31, turning around a $98,000 deficit recorded in the same period a year prior.

The two-hospital nonprofit system attributed the change to a year-over-year 13 percent increase in net patient service revenues, according to recent bondholder documents. St. Luke's Health Care saw admissions increase 14.4 percent during the three-month period when compared to the same period a year prior. The system ended the quarter with $125.4 million in total revenue, up 13.9 percent from the same period in 2017.

The system also saw operating expenses climb 9.5 percent to $121.3 million in the three-month period when compared to the same period last year. St. Luke's said labor costs and supplies reflected nearly the entire increase in expenses.

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