April money-loser for OMC

As Oconee Medical Center proceeds down the path toward joining the Greenville Health System, the hospital has recorded another money-losing month. April’s numbers, delivered last night to a meeting of the OMC board of directors, came in at $163,014 in expenses over revenues. For the hospital year that started October 1, excess of revenue over expenses has climbed to more than $230 thousand. Meantime, according to Jeanne Ward, OMC President/CEO, the path toward affiliation is closer. Ward says OMC remains in its stage of due diligence, providing GHS packets of information that the hospital boards are evaluating before taking an affiliation vote—still in the works for sometime late next month. Ward says a large batch of that information was sent last Friday to GHS. Last night’s OMC board meeting opened with a moment of silence in memory of Jack Watkins. A former director, treasurer and president of the Oconee Hospital Board, Watkins was appointed President-Emeritus for his 28 years of service. He died Saturday at the age of 92 years old.