(Times Free Press) -- The Chattanooga area's two public hospitals had their best numbers in more than year in May, with Erlanger Health System posting it's first monthly profit since August and North Georgia's Erlanger at Hutcheson seeing it's smallest losses in two years.

Erlanger officials also presented their budget for next year, predicting a 4.3 percent growth in admissions and a $10.8 million profit on total operating revenues of $597 million.

Chief financial officer Britt Tabor said the budget presented to the public hospital's finance committee Monday night was conservative on revenues.

"I'd rather be on the conservative side," Tabor told the trustees during the presentation.

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