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Purcell hospital expects small profit in 2011 after down years

The Purcell City Council approved a $16 million budget for the Purcell Municipal Hospital, an entity that had been losing money, and has scheduled a public hearing and special meeting for Monday concerning its own budget.

BY JAMES S. TYREE Modified: June 12, 2010 at 1:10 am •  Published: June 12, 2010

PURCELL — Purcell Municipal Hospital expects to post a profit of nearly $143,000 next fiscal year after losing an estimated $248,000 this year.

The hospital board's budget for fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1, has net revenues of a little more than $16 million compared to $15.9 million in net expenses. The budget was presented Wednesday during a special meeting of the Purcell City Council.

"I want to say it's conservative,” said hospital Chief Executive Officer Jim Berry of the projected profit Wednesday before the council approved the budget. "We want it to be our best guess, but on the low end of that.”

City budget is next

Meanwhile, the council has scheduled a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Purcell Police Service Building, 1515 N Green Ave., for the city's budget for fiscal year 2011, followed by a special meeting to consider approving the budget.