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Clarke County Hospital financially strong, launching new services

The approval of Clarke County Hospital’s Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget by its Board of Trustees sets the stage for continued strong growth with additional services on the horizon. The Board approved the budget as well as the Clarke County tax asking at its February 27 Hospital Board Meeting.

The hospital projects $500,000 in net income for fiscal year 2020, which begins in July. This includes 19 percent gross patient revenue growth with the acquisition of the UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine, currently located inside the hospital. The hospital previously announced it would acquire the clinic from UnityPoint beginning July 1, 2019. Interest expense is also down by about $100,000 due to pre-paying a bond in 2018.

Clarke County taxpayers will see no increase in the tax asking for the year. The levy will be lower than in 2019. The 2020 tax asking remains lower than the amount presented in 2007 as the hospital had previously lowered the tax asking for eleven consecutive years.

“Clarke County Hospital continues to project positive growth and we are excited to bring new services to our community in the near future,” said Brian Evans, Clarke County Hospital CEO.

Those new services include Orthopaedic Surgery and a renewed focus on Occupational Medicine.

Current services and specialties at the hospital include General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, Nephrology, Hepatology, Pulmonology, Podiatry, Oncology, Cardiovascular and Gynecology. Since 2016 the hospital has expanded specialty services including Orthopedics, Urology, Dermatology, Counseling and Pain Management. Additionally, the hospital offers a weekend walk-in clinic for non-emergent care.

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