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OHSU reports half-year financial performance ahead of budget

Standard & Poor’s changes outlook from Stable to Positive

The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Board of Directors yesterday heard strong first half fiscal year 2014 results as well as positive news on the institution’s bond rating.

OHSU operating income through December is $47.6 million, $13 million over target, with strong patient revenues and good expense control. OHSU has also worked over the past year to refinance debt, leading to a 27% reduction in interest expense for the first 6 months relative to the same period last fiscal year. The interest expense reduction from $16.2 million to $11.8 million represents money that can be put into OHSU programs.

In December, OHSU provided its annual update to the rating agencies in New York and San Francisco. Standard & Poor’s affirmed OHSU’s A+ rating and changed their outlook from Stable to Positive, signaling the possibility of an upgrade in the rating in the next few years if performance continues to be strong. Moody’s has affirmed OHSU’s A1 rating and Stable outlook, while Fitch is expected to issue its update next month.

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