Pioneers Memorial Hospital has been working through a tough financial period; one that only now is starting to show signs of improvement. But there is much work to be done before Pioneers can be considered financially healthy.
For that reason the hospital board deserves credit for creating a permanent finance committee, one upon which two board members will serve. It is a move long overdue in light of the financial struggle not only affecting Pioneers but hospitals throughout the state and nation.
The more eyes involved in studying the hospital's finances in an in-depth manner the better. Pioneers has taken strides forward. The hospital has seen surpluses in recent months that have eaten away at the hospital's deficit. Still, Pioneers is in a position of having to charge an assessment on the property tax paid by those who live within the hospital district
That assessment is not going to end anytime soon. We understand the hospital's need to charge the assessment, but we hope it is not a permanent levy. Hospital officials have said it is not. They have said as soon as Pioneers is strong enough financially, the assessment will end.