By Bill Donovan


11/30/18-GALLUP — The year 2017 was not a good one for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services and its allied services, but despite that, RMCHCS CEO David Conejo received a salary well over $500,000, according to documents obtained by the Independent.

According to the 990 form submitted in November, the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services lost $3.1 million last year. This was after having a net loss of $1.4 million the year before.

That losing streak apparently will end in 2017 as Conejo is projecting a net profit this

current year of more than $10 million.

RMCHCS is a nonprofit organization and as such is required under federal law to file a 990 form annually laying out its finances. It is not as extensive as a financial statement but it gives a broad outline of where the organization gets its funding and how it is spent.

It’s main source of revenue in 2017 was from patient services which provided almost $60 million of the agency’s $68.7 million in revenue. That total was about $2.3 million lower than the year before.

Salaries continue to make up the highest category in expenses. The form lists the cost of salaries and benefits in 2017 to be about $31 million. That may not include the salary for Conejo, who has a management contract with the agency’s board. He received compensation in 2017 of just over $645,000.

Others who receive high salaries or compensation listed on the form were as follows: ¦ William Kiefer, the chief operating officer, $259,134. ¦ Samuel McBride, the chief marketing officer, $171,027. ¦ John McMullen, the former chief financial officer, $181,780.

¦ Dr. Mital Patel, $668,911. ¦ Dr. Safar Parvez, $425,074.

¦ Dr. Charles Guimaraes, $423,021.

¦ Dr. Colin Berry, $441,171. ¦ Dr. Francisca Lytle, $350,846.

Four companies were reported to have earned more than $1 million in 2017, according to the report.

Align MD, which provided professional services, received $3.6 million. Murphy Builders received $1.5 million. Accordia Healthcare Services, which provides contract workers, received $1.2 million and Health Carousel, which also provides staffing employees, received $1.1 million.

Getting everyone who receives services at the hospital to pay for them continues to be a major problem. In 2017, the agency listed just more than $4 million as bad debts.

According to hospital officials, about half of this refers to people who can afford to pay but don’t. These are referred to collection agencies.

The other half refers to people who did not have the financial resources to pay.

These would normally be listed in the hospital’s charitable section, but they failed to fill out the paperwork that would have placed their bills in that category.

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