Revenues for Pratt Community College are substantially higher than a year ago at the same time.

Pratt Regional Medical Center is having a very positive financial year so far following a loss from the previous year. Pratt Regional Medical Center Vice President for Finances Alan Waites and PRMC President and CEO Susan Page gave an audit report and financial update to the Pratt County Commissioners at their regular weekly meeting March 6.

Waites said the audit was very good with no deficiencies or concerns on any hospital operations.

"They were very satisfied," Waites said. "We got a clean opinion with no exceptions."

Financially the hospital has cash on hand to operate for 93 days as of the end of January. The average cash on hand for Kansas hospitals is 42.2 days so PRMC is doing well in that area.

"We have more than twice the norm," Waites said.

The hospital ended the last fiscal year with a $3.1 million operating loss. Much of that loss was associated with the hospital construction project that is now ended. Some of that loss was patients that had to go to other hospitals for procedures that they normally could have gotten at PRMC but couldn't because of construction. Some losses were associated with bond refinancing.

But this year revenue numbers are very strong. Total revenues for the hospital over the last four months at $3.5 million ahead of the same time last year. Waites said the hospital expenses are tracking very close to predicted expenses and that combined with the increase is revenues, has the year looking good so far.

"We're very pleased," Page said.

Sales tax revenues continue to be above prediction. So far, sales tax receipts are $1.3 million above predictions, Page said.

Commissioners have approved Foley Equipment Company to repair the bucket on the old loader at the landfill. Jason Winkel, county landfill manager, said the wear plates were worn out and the bucket moves when he puts it on the ground. He estimated repair costs to be about $7,200.

Winkel researched the cost of a new bucket and the prices he found were between $25,000 and $35,000. The Commissioners decided to repair the bucket and approved repairs not to exceed $7,200.

Winkel said he had been spreading asphalt on the road from the brush pile to the burning pit. About 60 dump truck loads had rutted the road and the asphalt had already helped the road condition.

Discussions are underway for another city wide cleanup. Commissioner David Ward said Winkel and Public Works Director Russ Rambat should work together for a plan and dates for the cleanup.

Winkel said everything went well last year during cleanup except they need to decide what to do with tires.

Commissioners approved $3,695 for a new Cannon printer. D.J. McMurry, county appraiser, said repairing the old printer would cost $2,107 so the commissioners decided to go ahead and purchase a new printer. The new printer will work with the current scanner in the appraiser's office.

Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, said NextEra was now working on the roads in the wind farm construction area. By contract, they have to leave the roads used for wind farm construction in "as good or better condition" than they were before the project was started.

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