Milwaukee-area hospitals faced their worst January in more
than seven years as inpatient days dropped 4.2 percent when compared to January
2013. Admissions declined 4.0 percent on a year-to-year basis.
Hospitals reported 92,923 inpatient days in January. That’s down 6.4 percent
from a peak in January 2008 and the worse January performance since before January
2006. United Hospital System in Kenosha was the only multi-hospital system to
post a year-to-year gain for the month (1.5%). ProHealth Care experienced the
greatest year-to-year drop in January (6.8 percent), followed by Wheaton
(-6.7%), Froedtert (-6.6%), Columbia St. Mary’s (-6.2%) and Aurora health Care
Milwaukee-area hospitals have now posted year-to-year
declines in inpatient days in five of the last six months. At the individual hospital level, 20 hospitals
posted year-to-year declines, including eight with double-digit losses: Kindred
Milwaukee (-26.0%), Wisconsin Heart Hospital (-20.5%), Burlington Memorial
(-17.3%), Wheaton Elmbrook (-16.7%), Aurora Lakeland (-16.6%), Aurora Kenosha
(-11.9%), Wheaton All Saints (-10.4%) and Midwest Orthopedic (-10.3%).
Ten hospitals posted year-to-year inpatient day gains, including
two with double-digit increases – the Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin (20.3%)
and Wheaton Franklin (13.4%).
Clement J. Zablocki V.A. Medical Center and Children’s
Hospital both posted year-to-year inpatient day gains of 5.2 percent and 2.1 percent,