Audit Shines Light On Struggling Hospital

A hospital in Beaufort County is one step closer to having new management. An accountant presented the 2009-2010 audit report to the Beaufort County hospital board Tuesday, detailing the hospital's finances.

The report shows the hospital had just five days worth of working revenue coming out of the 2010 fiscal year.

At the end of the meeting board chairperson Alice Mills Sadler commented that this was the first time the hospital had sought an outside firm's help with their audit, and said perhaps the hospital wouldn't be in the financial mess it's in had they done this sooner.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Sadler said, "We certainly have a better understanding of the financial health of the organization and this is a good starting point for University Health Systems and the future of Beaufort Regional Health System.

The audit report was one of the last key steps before UHS can move forward with its bid to take over management at the hospital.


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