The Kennewick Public Hospital District board will vote Thursday on a budget for 2017 that doesn’t anticipate any layoffs or major program cuts.
The district’s proposed spending plan projects operating revenue of about $200 million and operating expenses of about $190 million.
The proposed budget anticipates a 3 percent increase in both in-patient and outpatient volumes.
Tony Sudduth, chief financial officer for the district, which goes by Trios Health, described it as a hold-the-line budget.
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“It’s really a continuation of the efforts we’ve already had in place. We’ve made a lot of efforts to become more efficient,” he said.
“I think it’s good,” Sudduth said, adding that, “we have to continue, as an organization, to look for ways to become more efficient.”
The budget hearing is at 5 p.m. in Conference Rooms C and D at the Trios Care Center at Southridge, 3730 Plaza Way.
The proposed budget is available for the public to look at in the district’s administration office at the Southridge care center.
I think it’s good we have to continue, as an organization, to look for ways to become more efficient.
Tony Sudduth, Trios chief financial officer
Trios Health has about 1,200 employees.
It’s the Tri-Cities’ only public hospital district, with Trios Southridge Hospital, Trios Women’s and Children’s Hospital and a network of clinics and services.
The district has experienced financial difficulties in recent years.
A cash crunch following the opening of Trios Southridge Hospital in 2014 made headlines and prompted layoffs.
The board was divided on handling the situation, with a three-member minority calling for help from a turnaround firm, and a four-member majority saying that wasn’t needed.
Consultants ultimately were brought in to help in some specific areas, and the board’s majority was upended in last fall’s election.
In August, the board agreed to spend $750,000 on a consulting firm to prepare a financial, operational and strategic plan for the district’s future. The study was expected to take four months.