“I can’t speak for the hospitals in your area,” he told the Press-Republican, “but a qualified and successful CEO can go anywhere in the country and make equal or higher salaries.
“Being a hospital CEO, you are ‘all in,’ all the time, every hour. It’s a tremendous responsibility.
“We are seeing some turnover across the state the last few years as CEOs age out,” Van Slyke said, which is why hospital boards are willing to pay higher salaries and bonuses to retain their management people.
“You’ll find that where a hospital or health system has a CEO and he or she is the right fit and it’s the right mix, they do all they can to hold on to them because it’s so important to the hospital’s mission.”
TOP PAID EMPLOYEES
Key personnel on a hospital’s staff are also paid salaries that can exceed $100,000.
In addition to the CEOs, North Country hospitals had 230 total employees making $100,000 or more a year in 2010. In many cases, that was not simply administrators but included doctors who are employed by the hospitals.
Adirondack Medical Center had 37 people in the $100,000-and-more salary range; Alice Hyde, 27; CVPH, 146; Elizabethtown Community Hospital, 10; and Moses-Ludington Hospital, 10.
Fletcher Allen had 410 employees who were paid $100,000 or more in 2010.
ADIRONDACK MEDICAL CENTER
The Press-Republican talked with representatives from each area hospital about the salaries of its chief executives.
Chandler Ralph, president and chief executive officer for 16 years, is not employed by the hospital or its umbrella organization, Adirondack Health.
She is paid through a contract with a management company, Health Tech Management Services, said Joe Riccio, AMC communications director.
Her salary is a confidential employment contract, “just like any other vendor that does business” with the hospital, he said.
Because of that, her salary was not available through IRS records. The Press-Republican pressed Ralph to release her salary, noting that it was publishing the pay of all other area hospital CEOs, but she refused, citing confidentiality.