Four hospital execs earn more than $1 million

January 24, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM EDT

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By Business First by Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter


Four hospital execs earn more than $1 million

January 24, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( Business First ) The top hospital administrators in Western New York took home more than $53 million in compensation during 2010, with four executives earning $1 million-plus paydays.

Hospital presidents and chief executives at the region's two largest health systems were among the top earners, with James Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, earning $2.36 million; and Joseph McDonald, president and CEO at Catholic Health, earning nearly $1.1 million.

Kaskie's compensation, as well as Kaleida executives Connie Vari, Robert Nolan and Margaret Paroski, included a deferred retirement plan payout. All four were among the top five earners for 2010, the most recent year for which complete data is available.

They were among 192 individuals who received $100,000 or more during 2010, according to annual tax filings and self-reported data by the individual hospitals. Those earning $170,000 or more are included in this week's Business First in our annual Report on Healthcare Systems in Western New York. The full list can be searched below.

Among those listed, 113 earned more than $200,000 and 15 had annual compensation of more than $500,000.

Hospitals are required to report information on the top 10 employees with salaries of at least $100,000, as well as salaries for all board members and directors. Some organizations opted to report more data. Financial data shown came from 990 tax forms for all hospitals with the following exceptions: Erie County Medical Center, Wyoming County Medical Center, the VA Western New York Health System and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, all of which are not required to file a 990 and self-reported their numbers. Data for Medina Memorial Hospital was self-reported, as its 990 for 2010 was not yet filed.

Salaries and titles shown were current at the time each organization filed its 990 form. Some individuals may now be in different positions or no longer employed at the hospital. James Millard, president of Kenmore Mercy Hospital, appears on the list twice including his previous executive post at the former St. Joseph Hospital.

Additional notes: Salary data for some Westfield Hospital executives comes from parent company St. Vincent Health System in Erie, Pa. Jonathan Lawrence serves as CEO at both TLC-Lake Shore and Brooks Memorial, with his salary split evenly between the two hospitals. Total shown reflects combined total. Compensation for some Olean General executives reflects combined total paid by Olean General and related organizations.

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