It's Your Business: Tourism up 4 percent last month over September 2011

Dave Osborn

Dave Osborn

Collier County saw 73,500 visitors in September, up 4 percent from a year ago.

The increase was driven primarily by growth from the Northeastern and Midwestern markets, according to a report by Tampa-based Research Data Services Inc.

There also were more visitors from Europe last month, with the number up by nearly 6 percent from a year ago.

Visitation from other parts of Florida increased 1.5 percent year-over-year. But other core markets saw declines, including the Southeast, which was down 8.3 percent.

Travelers to Collier County directly spent $34.8 million last month, with a total economic impact of $51.9 million, up 10.2 percent from a year ago.

Occupancy rose 2.1 percent over a year ago, while the average daily rate grew 5.5 percent to $108.70 in the county.

HMA reports 18 percent revenue increase in third quarter

Naples-based hospital operator Health Management Associates Inc. reported a more than 18 percent jump in its revenues for the third quarter.

Revenues increased to $1.44 billion, up from $1.2 billion a year ago.

The company reported that earnings from continuing operations rose 5.9 percent to 18 cents a share, excluding costs associated with an interest rate swap agreement and other adjustments related to Medicaid.

In the third quarter of last year, HMA earned 17 cents a share.

Total admissions increased 4 percent for the quarter. But same-hospital admissions — or admissions at hospitals it has owned for at least a year — declined 6.4 percent, due primarily to the effects of Hurricane Isaac on its hospitals in Mississippi and Florida, a decline in uninsured admissions and increases in observation stays greater than 24 hours.

The company will host a conference call today with investors to discuss its results in more detail.

CenturyLink sponsors 2012 NCH Hospital Ball

Technology will allow those attending the 2012 NCH Hospital Ball to bid on everything from luxury travel packages to exclusive wine dinners.

CenturyLink has contributed $30,000 to the 54th ball, the longest-running annual gala in Naples, that is Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples.

Tickets are $500 per person and this year's event will benefit expansion and renovation of the NCH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For more information, visit

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RayNetherwood writes:

How the hospital ball gets slipped into a Tourism report is anyone's guess. Interesting that with all the cries about the cost of health care, and the skewed data on American health/medical outcomes, that there is no discussion about the ethics of what we do in the realm of neonatology. One reason why our costs are so astronomical is because we pour tremendous resources into "saving/prolonging/maintaining" life at both ends of the spectrum. We will spend a million dollars on a crack baby or a one pound preemie that may either die within a year or two or require unbelievable medical support to "live" a substandard life. Same thing in geriatrics, we keep folks on life support for years, we super medicate, we do big surgeries that chances are folks will not recover from.

Then, we have a broken legal system that permits the ambulance chasers to go after "the failures". In most cases, these aren't failures, they're folks that anyplace else on Earth, no matter what country, they would already be dead.

Our medicine is the best in the world, period. What's broken is our ethics, end-of-life decision making, and legal system.

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