Washington hospital may run out of cash by 2021, CEO says

Garfield County Hospital in Pomeroy, Wash., is expected to run out of cash by September 2021 if its revenue and expenses stay the same, according to the Lewiston Tribune.

The analysis of the hospital's financial picture was shared by the hospital's co-CEO, Mat Slaybaugh, at a meeting Nov. 18 after the community voted against a $860,000 hospital levy. 

The hospital's board is now examining new strategies to prevent the depletion of funds. 

One idea proposed at the meeting is to replace the hospital's emergency room, one of its greatest expenses, with an urgent care facility. Board members were warned that the facility would likely lose its critical access hospital designation with that change.

Read the full report here. 

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