CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Area Medical Center's board of trustees received some bad budget news Wednesday.
CAMC is behind 25 percent, or about $7 million to $8 million, on its budget for this year, Chief Financial Officer Larry Hudson told board members.
In Wednesday's Board of Trustees meeting Hudson told board members expenses are high and revenue is low for this year.
Hudson said the company is taking a close look at expenses.
"We are looking at operations to see where we can perform better and more economically," he said. "We are realigning how we buy supplies, utilize supplies, deliver care, so it's more economical and so care is maintained."
Hospital admissions are down nationally by about 2 percent, and Hudson said CAMC is on par with that trend.
Wednesday's meeting wasn't all bad news. Board members also heard of positive developments in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit and a decrease in reported cases of pneumonia in patients.
Board member Ed Welch said the hospital has eliminated ventilator-associated pneumonia cases and reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
Five years ago, the hospital was struggling with pneumonia among ventilator patients, Welch said.