COVID aid papered over Colorado hospital’s financial shortcomings1 min read
By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News
Less than two years after opening a state-of-the-art $26 million hospital in Leadville, St. Vincent Health nearly ran out of money.
Hospital officials said in early December that without a cash infusion they would be unable to pay their bills or meet payroll by the end of the week.
The eight-bed rural hospital had turned a $2.2 million profit in 2021, but the windfall was largely a mirage. Pandemic relief payments masked problems in the way the hospital billed for services and collected payments.
In 2022, St. Vincent lost nearly $2.3 million. It was at risk of closing and leaving the 7,400 residents of Lake County without a hospital or immediate emergency care. A $480,000 bailout from the county and an advance of more…
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