CORONAVIRUS: COVID-19 efforts stretching staff and finances at FHCHC Featured

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To no one's surprise, efforts to quell the COVID-19 pandemic locally have proved extremely taxing for Lyon County Public Health.

This was the ultimate message sent by Lyon County Public Health Officer and Flint Hills Community Health Center CEO Renee Hively during a report to the Lyon County Commission Thursday morning. According to Hively, the response efforts have taken a significant toll on FHCHC both in terms of staff and finances.

Hively stated to commissioners they have already seen a dip in revenue at FHCHC after the health center managed to end 2019 on a positive financial note. Hively says if the pandemic continues at the pace it currently is, it could likely wash away all of the progress made by the health center over the past year.

 

The health center has also seen a roughly 50 percent decrease in productivity both due to staff being stretched between the Emergency Operations Center and their normal responsibilities as well as a substantial decrease in foot traffic. Hively says the decrease in patient traffic is a double-edged sword as it helps reduce the chances of disease from spreading, however, with fewer patients coming through revenues will likely continue to drop.

On a positive note, the health center was one of 19 Kansas health centers to receive just over $60,000 in grant funding from HRSA as announced earlier this week. FHCHC Chief Financial Officer Stephanie Ringgold says they are currently brainstorming a number of efforts that they could put the additional funds towards, however, the main priority at this time is providing staff with personal protective equipment (PPE).

 

Hively admits the grant will provide much-needed assistance in the midst of the pandemic, but in terms of helping to negate any major financial losses long-term, she says it will likely make little to no impact. If you need to schedule an appointment or would like more information on clinic hours please contact FHCHC by calling (620)342-4864 or visit their website at Flinthillshealth.org.

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Last modified on Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:35