The scandal of outlandishly high salaries at "non-profit" hospitals extends way beyond LICH. Here are some excerpts from a recent column by Jim Dwyer in the New York Times:
At Bronx-Lebanon, a hospital that exists only by the grace and taxed fortunes of the people of New York State, the chief executive was paid $4.8 million in 2007 and $3.6 million in 2008, records show. At NewYork-Presbyterian, a hospital system that receives nearly half a billion dollars annually in public money, the chief executive was paid $9.8 million in 2007 and $2.8 million in 2008.But let's get back to LICH, or rather to Continuum Health Partners, which runs LICH. Here we have data that though a bit outdated is still more current than Jim Dwyer's. Non-profit entities are required to file annual reports to the IRS, including (Schedule J) an accounting of top salaries. I produce this schedule from Continuum's 2009 report, the latest available, below:
In an urgent search to cut the state’s health care costs and lift revenue, a task force came up with a plan to increase the cost of a hospital stay by $5 and to limit housekeeping services for the disabled in their homes.
One area of plump costs, however, remained undisturbed: executive suites where salaries and compensation run into the millions of dollars, even at the most financially struggling hospitals.
Sorry -- I worked on this technical problem for a while but I just couldn't make these figures large enough to read easily. So here are some highlights, figures for Continuum employees who, hm, earned more than a million dollars for the year:
Chandra Sen, MD, $2,109,204
Stanley Brezenoff, $2,014,413
Kathryn C. Meyer, Esq. $1,049,807
John Collura, $1,307,556
Gail Donovan, $1,365,354
Of course this leaves out a host of others who, hm, earned in the upper six digits. For instance ? Dr. Harris Nagler, $973,242
For the curious (that should be YOU), here is a link to Continuum's 2009 Form 990. (You may be asked by GuideStar to register, but this is free of charge.)