Texas Health Presbyterian's finances bounce back after Ebola crisis

Dallas-based Texas Health Presbyterian's daily net revenue has rebounded after being down in October, the month when Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died at the hospital, according to a recently released financial statement.

Mr. Duncan — the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. — died at Texas Health Presbyterian Oct. 8. That month, the hospital's net revenue was down $12.2 million or 24.7 percent, compared to the hospital's average net revenue figures for the previous nine months. The hospital's emergency department visits also fell by 49 percent in October.

From Oct. 12-20, the Texas Health Presbyterian's emergency department wasn't accepting patients by ambulance, which the hospital claims was one of the factors that led to the revenue drop that month.

The hospital showed slight financial improvement in November, when its net revenue was down 17.1 percent.

Taking a positive turn, Texas Health Presbyterian is "back to pre-event daily net revenue," for the first 15 days of December, according to the financial statement. In addition, patients are starting to come back to the facility as the hospital's ED visits were only down 3.7 percent for Dec. 1-15.

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