The Westerly Sun, August 5, 2011
When Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin asked about challenges faced by The Westerly Hospital, the answer was clear. "I would say we are stressed. This hospital hasn't made a profit in 20 years," Charles Kinney, The Westerly Hospital president and chief executive officer, answered during a meeting that followed Kilmartin's tour of the 125-bed facility. Kilmartin, who was joined by Jodi Bourque, his office's healthcare advocate, is visiting hospitals throughout the state. Kilmartin said he was trying to get a sense of "the challenges faced by hospitals, especially community hospitals, as the federal healthcare reform act comes down the line." A year-to-date operating loss that was $5.2 million in April has grown to $5.7 million, Kinney said. Jeanne LaChance, the hospital's executive vice president/COO, said hopes that normally higher summer revenues might help offset the loss have been dashed. Patient volumes have remained low.