April of this year was a "much brighter picture" than April of 2012 at Winneshiek Medical Center.

At last week's meeting of the Winneshiek Medical Center Board, WMC Chief Financial Officer Lynn Luloff said higher volumes and controlled operating expenses resulted in a profit of $114,606 for the month, compared to a loss of almost $400,000 in April of last year.

She said higher-than-expected volumes occurred in almost all patient service areas.

While WMC approached this year with a "conservative budget," the number of days patients spent in the hospital were 38 percent above projections.

She said the Medical Center continues to experience increased volumes for skilled care, an area which has benefited from the Center's involvement in the Mayo Post-Acute Care Program (MPAC) program.

MPAC is a collaboration between Mayo Health System (MHS) entities, critical access hospitals like WMC, acute care settings, skilled nursing facilities and home care in response to patient needs of MHS and Mayo Clinic. 

Skilled care volumes were 78 percent above projections in April. Year to date, WMC is 49 percent above the expected budget.

"Outpatient revenues of $3.1 million were strong in April. We saw improved numbers in surgery, imaging services and lab," she said.

The Medical Center also saw continued growth in rehabilitation services and occupational health. Surgeries were 19 percent above expectations.

WMC's Home Health and Hospice department continues to do well, with visits 14 percent above anticipated for the month of April. Year-to-date, they are 32 percent ahead of budget, and 67 percent above last year at this time.

In addition, emergency department visits were 11 percent above budget for April, and Clinic visits were 6 percent more than projected.

Year to date, the Medical Center is at a profit of $1.7 million.