Mike Browder (CEO, Essent) was interviewed for Hospitals & Health Networks recently:
Essent Healthcare’s Browder is also optimistic. Despite a drop in 2008 inpatient admissions and a 6 percent jump in bad debt, elective procedures have not yet declined, and the for-profit system’s regional diversification—with five hospitals spread between Texas and New England—has helped keep it on firmer financial ground than competitors, Browder says. In addition, Essent recently invested heavily in infrastructure, completing three major building projects. That means it won’t need to borrow large amounts of capital anytime soon.So, being of an inquisitive nature, I wondered how the hospitals that were worried were doing. Since the only thing I can really pull from and have it publicly verifiable, I chose AHD.com. The president of Florida Hospitals in Orlando worried about donations, but they also posted a $137M profit during the same period that Essent lost $6M and PRMC lost $508,231.
OK, says I, how is ETMC-Clarksville doing, in the same period. Should be far worse than Paris--Clarksville has even a worse pay mix than here. ETMC made $902,309. Funny, it had the same profit level (percentage) as Florida Hospitals.
I'd look up Bonham, but with the physician group buying them, it's too new. Under the old management, it lost almost $1M. But, then again, it was sold....