June 14, 2017

45 CT hospital execs top $1 million in salary, benefits

Forty-five Connecticut hospital or hospital system executives earned combined salary and fringe benefits exceeding $1 million last fiscal year, according to new state data showing the 10 highest-paid officials in each category.

Marna Borgstrom, president and CEO of Yale New Haven Health Services Corp. and Yale New Haven Hospital, led the state at $3.8 million, which includes a salary of $2.8 million and fringe benefits of $1 million, according to figures from the Connecticut Department of Public Health's Office of Health Care Access. She had a package worth $3.6 million in fiscal 2015.

Tops among Hartford executives was Hartford HealthCare Corp. CEO Elliot Joseph at about $2.6 million, which includes a salary of $2.2 million. His fiscal 2015 package was $2.4 million.

The state releases the top 10 pay packages for each acute care hospital and its respective parent corporation for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. In some cases, the executive, like Borgstrom, is reported in each category, but is counted once toward the state total.

Yale New Haven Health Services Corp. had at least 10 people in the $1 million-plus category.

Hartford HealthCare had eight people earning more than $1 million. No. 2 behind Joseph was Jeffrey Flaks, president and chief operating officer, at almost $1.9 million in total salary and benefits, including salary of $1.6 million.

At Hartford Hospital, Dr. Orlando Kirton, director of surgery, topped the list at $1.2 million, which included salary of $1.1 million.

At Trinity Health-New England Inc., parent company of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, President and CEO Christopher Dadlez topped the list at $1.8 million, which includes salary of about $1.7 million. Trinity Health-New England also includes Johnson Memorial and St. Mary's hospitals.

John Rodis, president of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, was No. 2 on the list behind Rodis in both the health system and St. Francis lists at $1.3 million, including $1.2 million in salary.

At Connecticut Children's Medical Center Corp., Dr. Fernando Ferrer, former chief physician executive of Connecticut Children's Specialty Group, topped the list at almost $1.5 million, including $1.2 million in salary. Ferrer left Connecticut Children's last summer.

President and CEO James Shmerling was No. 5 at $800,000 in salary and fringe benefits, but his total was for a partial fiscal year. He joined Connecticut Children's in November 2015, after the start of the fiscal 2016 reporting period.

At UConnn Health Center, Dr. Hanspaul Makkar, a Mohs surgeon and surgery chief of pediatric dermatology, topped the pay list at nearly $1.2 million, including $1 million in salary.

In Middletown, Vincent Capece, president and CEO of Middlesex Health System Inc. and Middlesex Hospital topped the list at $1.3 million, roughly evenly split between salary and fringe benefits.

About 36 hospital officials earned more than $1 million in salary and benefits in fiscal 2015, when the state began reporting the data for hospitals and health systems. Until then, only hospital data were reported.

Editor's note: This story has been changed to include the fact that Dr. Fernando Ferrer is no longer employed by Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

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