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CVPH board reports fiscal, employment growth in 2010

PLATTSBURGH - The annual meeting of the CVPH Medical Center board of directors reported considerable progress made in 2010.

The hospital provided care for more people than ever before last year, crediting the increase in services to growth in outpatient volumes. Inpatient admissions and patient days were up slightly. Heart Center utilization by people from throughout a four-county region continued to increase with an 18 percent growth in procedures compared to 2009.

The theme of the meeting, attended by more than 120 area leaders who are members of the CVPH Corporation, focused on health reform and the quest for value.

According to CVPH president and chief executive officer Stephens Mundy, hospitals across New York need to undergo a transformation in order to succeed in the future.

"I'm happy to be able to say that we have already done considerable work to be ready for health-care reform whether it's been improving quality, reducing cost or collaborating with the Adirondack Region Medical Home," Mundy said.

Mundy also mentioned a focus on ongoing employee education and training in partnership with local colleges as an important strategy in preparing for tomorrow.

On an average day at CVPH in 2010, a total of 1,189 patients were treated. This included an inpatient census of 276, 139 emergency visits, 58 surgeries, 190 Diagnostic Center visits, 65 clinic visits and three births.

Thanks to a one-time payment of $5.6 million by Medicare going back to 2006, CVPH experienced an operating margin of $7,934,925 on revenues of $277,927,817. This represented an operating margin of 2.9 percent. Without the Medicare adjustment the operating margin would have been 0.9 percent.

In 2010, employment increased by 66 full-time equivalent employees. Twenty new physicians were recruited to the CVPH medical staff. Over the past 10 years, the workforce at CVPH has grown by 22 percent, with almost 2,300 people now on the payroll, making CVPH the largest employer in the region.

Robert Smith of Nine Platt Hospitality Group was elected to the CVPH board of directors. He replaces Clinton County Clerk John Zurlo, whose term expired. John Massella of Massella & Associates chairs the 15-member board.

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