For some, the loans allowed them to call back previously laid off workers. That was the case for the Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital in Springfield, which had to temporarily close in March due to state guidelines regarding elective procedures.
The hospital applied for a loan in the $2 million to $5 million range and was able to bring back 235 employees as a result.
It was one of a number of health care providers in the area to receive PPP loans. Others included the Rocking Horse Community Health Center in Springfield and those that offered mental health services as well as physician practices and dental offices.
The state of Ohio called for the temporary suspension of elective procedures in March as part of an effort to preserve personal protective equipment. A majority of Ohio Valley’s patient services fell into that category and as a result the physician-owned hospital had to furlough most of its staff.
Ohio Valley applied for a PPP loan in April that closed in May. It allowed the hospital to retain full-time employees who were previously furloughed, said Kevin Banion, its chief financial officer.
He said a large portion of the loan was used to keep employees on the payroll as the hospital tweaked its operations in preparation for the reopening of the hospital.
The state has since allowed elective surgeries and overnight procedures to resume with the former starting in early May and the latter earlier in June.
As of last month, Ohio Valley was operating at about 80% in terms of the number of surgeries scheduled. That is based on the average number of surgeries conducted per month before the closure.
Banion said the loan allowed them to keep their employees leading up to the hospital’s reopening and prevented the lost of talent. He said the loan was consistent to two and a half months of payroll.
Other healthcare providers used the loans to retain employees as they stayed open but had to tweak their services as a result of the pandemic.
The entity that runs the Rocking Horse Community Health Center applied for a loan of $1.9 million. It was used to retain a total of 172 employees at its four facilities, with all but one being located in Clark County.
Rocking Horse applied for the loan in April in an effort to keep its employees amid the pandemic. Prior to the loan, the health provider did not furlough or lay off any of its employees, said its Chief Financial Officer Shonda Wallace.
However, they saw a 50% reduction in patient visits during the first month of the pandemic. Rocking Horse has since added telehealth services. Wallace said they are still down about 25% to 30% in terms of patient volumes.