Healthcare system asks county for $30 million
By Neal A. Shipman
The red ink is piling up for the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc. (MCHS) as the healthcare system is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic that saw patient volume plummet, while at the same time it was hiring new physicians and surgeons and expanding service lines to include obstetrics, gynecology and other specialty clinics to better serve McKenzie County residents.
And it was the $10 million in losses for this fiscal year, as well as the anticipated losses of over $20 million over the next two years that brought Pete Edis, MCHS CEO, to ask for $30 million in financial assistance from the McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 5.
“It’s an uncomfortable ask,” Edis told the commissioners. “But it will help cover our losses for the next three years.”