Monday's Doctor John Warner Hospital Board Meeting saw several board members concerned with the hospital's finances.
Interim CEO John Wininger (right) presented the June Financial Reports and improvements Monday night. He believes they are doing well so far this fiscal year as the average spending for this year is below last year.
According to Wininger, cutting the budget is a marathon and will take time. While hospital employees are unhappy due to hits taken in wages and overtime, Board President Cindy Saylors says budget alignment would be better if they knew the information sooner.
Board Member David Wilson explains he pays out of pocket and uses the services of OSF due to cheaper pricing than what DJWH has. Wilson acknowledges he may get criticized for not going to a hospital he works for, but feels compelled to for his own financial needs.
Wilson believes the DJWH has to find ways for patients to afford their services and feels Wininger is starting to provide answers for the hospital's needs. According the board member, the recent criticism of the interim CEO has been unfair and Wininger has performed a careful, objective job.
Wininger explains one of the major cuts needing to be made is in employee overtime. He's pleased with the savings he's seen from the cuts so far this fiscal year.
Wininger's entire presentation lasted over 40 minutes. Hear it below: