Executive pay at Hamilton Health Sciences jumps higher

News Mar 25, 2016 by Joanna Frketich The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Health Sciences spent an extra $500,000 on executive salaries in 2015.

The bump to roughly $5.8 million in pay and taxable benefits for presidents, vice-presidents and executive vice-presidents occurred last year despite the fact that 2014 had an extra pay period.

The figures were released Thursday during the Ontario government's annual disclosure of public service earnings of at least $100,000.

"HHS salaries are very much in line with what is paid throughout the sector," said CEO Rob MacIsaac pointing out executives have an "extraordinary level" of education and responsibility. HHS is Hamilton's largest employer and has a budget of $1.2 billion.

The 2014 figure doesn't include former CEO Murray Martin who was paid that year but was not part of the executive team. Even if his salary is included, HHS still spent $165,000 more on executive salaries in 2015.

"We have very talented people," said MacIsaac. "They are well paid and from my perspective need to be well paid."

MacIsaac's salary and taxable benefits of $654,648 was down significantly from $757,583 because of pension adjustments he was given in 2014. The decrease dropped him from the second highest paid hospital CEO in Ontario in 2014 to the 12th in 2015 revealed public salary disclosure released Thursday.

At HHS, seven executives top the list earning between $350,000 and $440,000 each. Most got the same salary or slightly less from the year before. In total, 17 HHS executives are on the list with the lowest paid making just over $218,000.

"The list reflects the ongoing constraints that are placed on executive compensation," said MacIsaac. "Most senior executive salaries have been frozen."

Hamilton's highest public sector salary of $748,574 went to Kevin Smith, leader of St. Joseph's Health System and the Niagara Health System. It placed him as the third-highest paid hospital CEO in the province behind Toronto's Barry McLellan, who made just over $765,000 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Joseph Mapa who received nearly $762,000 at Sinai Health System.

"We consider him the top person in Canada," said Brian Guest, senior vice-president of corporate renewal and mission at St. Joseph's Health System. "That benefits all of Hamilton … He should be paid competitively."

Also, making more than $500,000 was McMaster University leader Dr. John Kelton, lead researcher Dr. Salim Yusuf and Dr. David Higgins, president of St. Joseph's Healthcare.

Kelton, who is stepping down June 30 as dean and vice-president of health sciences, was the fifth highest paid university employee in Ontario. His salary and taxable benefits of $506,985 was topped only by leaders at the University of Toronto.

The surprise on the university list was Dr. Mark Crowther who was the province's 10th highest paid university employee with salary and taxable benefits of $474,473 in 2015. He wasn't even one of McMaster's top five earners last year making $310,227. The $164,000 raise was partly due to his appointment as chair of pathology and molecular medicine. It was also because of fluctuations in earnings from treating patients and an extra pay period in 2015.

Also up from 2014 was Dr. Akbar Panju who made $422,755 as a professor in the department of medicine. The extra $42,600 in earnings pushed him above university president Patrick Deane's who made $413,774.

Yusuf, executive director of the Population Health Research Institute, didn't appear at the top of any lists because his $627,051 salary and taxable benefits are split between HHS and McMaster.

Among Burlington's top earners was Joseph Brant Hospital CEO Eric Vandewall with salary and taxable benefits of $372,168.

The boss at Ontario Power Generation led the province's 2015 sunshine list making $1.59 million in salary and benefits, followed by University of Toronto president and CEO William Moriarty at $1.47 million. Four of the top 10 spots were leaders of the Pan Am Games with salaries around $800,000.

There are 115,431 people on this year's list of those making $100,000 or more — an increase of nearly 4,000 people despite the fact 3,774 Hydro One workers who were on the 2014 list are no longer subject to salary disclosure.

Fifty-eight people on the list had salaries of more than $500,000 last year.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday that she had no plans to raise the $100,000 threshold for Ontario's so-called sunshine list of public sector workers, even though it was set 20 years ago. She said the threshold is "still relevant at that rate."

Wynne denies the government tried to bury the sunshine list by releasing it at the start of a four-day long weekend.

Top Earners

Kevin Smith (president and CEO of St. Joseph's and Niagara health systems): $748,574

Rob MacIsaac (HHS president and CEO): $654,648

Dr. Salim Yusuf (executive director Population Health Research Centre): $627,051

Dr. David Higgins (President St. Joseph's Healthcare): $525,617

Brenda Flaherty (HHS executive vice president clinical operations):$439,794

Notable numbers

A total of 475 staff at HHS and 315 at St. Joseph's made the list. One less pay period lowered the HHS list by 142 staff while an extra pay day added 73 to the list at St. Joseph's. Joseph Brant has 48 staff on the list.

Other Notables

Dr. Richard McLean (HHS chief medical executive): $425,552

Dr. Ralph Meyer (president Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre): $419,486

Dr. Peter Fitzgerald (president McMaster Children's Hospital): $374,547

Renato Discenza (HHS executive vice president, strategy and innovation): $374,180

Eric Vandewall (president and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital): $372,168

Donna Cripps (CEO of the Local Health Integration Network): $280,548

Dr. Jennifer Everson (physician lead of the Local Health Integration Network):$291,394

Notable numbers

HHS had 42 staff making $300,000 or more while St. Joseph's had 11 and Joseph Brant three.

The Front Line

Sharon Roshko (highest paid RN HHS): $138,164

Ivana Cercone (highest paid RN St. Joseph's): $126,244

Diane Armstrong (highest paid RN Joseph Brant): $123,616

Notable numbers

There were 162 nurses on the list at HHS145 at St. Joseph's and 11 at Joseph Brant. This included all types of nursing jobs.

Dr. Boleslaw Lach (highest paid professor physician at HHS): $346,073

Notable numbers

There were 46 physicians, professor physicians and assistant physicians at HHS earning an average of nearly $260,000.

Samih Salama (highest paid pathologist at St. Joseph's): $328,477

Notable numbers

Seven of the top 11 earners at St. Joseph's were pathologists.

jfrketich@thespec.com

905-526-3349 | @Jfrketich

With files from Canadian Press

Executive pay at Hamilton Health Sciences jumps higher

News Mar 25, 2016 by Joanna Frketich The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Health Sciences spent an extra $500,000 on executive salaries in 2015.

The bump to roughly $5.8 million in pay and taxable benefits for presidents, vice-presidents and executive vice-presidents occurred last year despite the fact that 2014 had an extra pay period.

The figures were released Thursday during the Ontario government's annual disclosure of public service earnings of at least $100,000.

"HHS salaries are very much in line with what is paid throughout the sector," said CEO Rob MacIsaac pointing out executives have an "extraordinary level" of education and responsibility. HHS is Hamilton's largest employer and has a budget of $1.2 billion.

The 2014 figure doesn't include former CEO Murray Martin who was paid that year but was not part of the executive team. Even if his salary is included, HHS still spent $165,000 more on executive salaries in 2015.

"We have very talented people," said MacIsaac. "They are well paid and from my perspective need to be well paid."

MacIsaac's salary and taxable benefits of $654,648 was down significantly from $757,583 because of pension adjustments he was given in 2014. The decrease dropped him from the second highest paid hospital CEO in Ontario in 2014 to the 12th in 2015 revealed public salary disclosure released Thursday.

At HHS, seven executives top the list earning between $350,000 and $440,000 each. Most got the same salary or slightly less from the year before. In total, 17 HHS executives are on the list with the lowest paid making just over $218,000.

"The list reflects the ongoing constraints that are placed on executive compensation," said MacIsaac. "Most senior executive salaries have been frozen."

Hamilton's highest public sector salary of $748,574 went to Kevin Smith, leader of St. Joseph's Health System and the Niagara Health System. It placed him as the third-highest paid hospital CEO in the province behind Toronto's Barry McLellan, who made just over $765,000 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Joseph Mapa who received nearly $762,000 at Sinai Health System.

"We consider him the top person in Canada," said Brian Guest, senior vice-president of corporate renewal and mission at St. Joseph's Health System. "That benefits all of Hamilton … He should be paid competitively."

Also, making more than $500,000 was McMaster University leader Dr. John Kelton, lead researcher Dr. Salim Yusuf and Dr. David Higgins, president of St. Joseph's Healthcare.

Kelton, who is stepping down June 30 as dean and vice-president of health sciences, was the fifth highest paid university employee in Ontario. His salary and taxable benefits of $506,985 was topped only by leaders at the University of Toronto.

The surprise on the university list was Dr. Mark Crowther who was the province's 10th highest paid university employee with salary and taxable benefits of $474,473 in 2015. He wasn't even one of McMaster's top five earners last year making $310,227. The $164,000 raise was partly due to his appointment as chair of pathology and molecular medicine. It was also because of fluctuations in earnings from treating patients and an extra pay period in 2015.

Also up from 2014 was Dr. Akbar Panju who made $422,755 as a professor in the department of medicine. The extra $42,600 in earnings pushed him above university president Patrick Deane's who made $413,774.

Yusuf, executive director of the Population Health Research Institute, didn't appear at the top of any lists because his $627,051 salary and taxable benefits are split between HHS and McMaster.

Among Burlington's top earners was Joseph Brant Hospital CEO Eric Vandewall with salary and taxable benefits of $372,168.

The boss at Ontario Power Generation led the province's 2015 sunshine list making $1.59 million in salary and benefits, followed by University of Toronto president and CEO William Moriarty at $1.47 million. Four of the top 10 spots were leaders of the Pan Am Games with salaries around $800,000.

There are 115,431 people on this year's list of those making $100,000 or more — an increase of nearly 4,000 people despite the fact 3,774 Hydro One workers who were on the 2014 list are no longer subject to salary disclosure.

Fifty-eight people on the list had salaries of more than $500,000 last year.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday that she had no plans to raise the $100,000 threshold for Ontario's so-called sunshine list of public sector workers, even though it was set 20 years ago. She said the threshold is "still relevant at that rate."

Wynne denies the government tried to bury the sunshine list by releasing it at the start of a four-day long weekend.

Top Earners

Kevin Smith (president and CEO of St. Joseph's and Niagara health systems): $748,574

Rob MacIsaac (HHS president and CEO): $654,648

Dr. Salim Yusuf (executive director Population Health Research Centre): $627,051

Dr. David Higgins (President St. Joseph's Healthcare): $525,617

Brenda Flaherty (HHS executive vice president clinical operations):$439,794

Notable numbers

A total of 475 staff at HHS and 315 at St. Joseph's made the list. One less pay period lowered the HHS list by 142 staff while an extra pay day added 73 to the list at St. Joseph's. Joseph Brant has 48 staff on the list.

Other Notables

Dr. Richard McLean (HHS chief medical executive): $425,552

Dr. Ralph Meyer (president Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre): $419,486

Dr. Peter Fitzgerald (president McMaster Children's Hospital): $374,547

Renato Discenza (HHS executive vice president, strategy and innovation): $374,180

Eric Vandewall (president and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital): $372,168

Donna Cripps (CEO of the Local Health Integration Network): $280,548

Dr. Jennifer Everson (physician lead of the Local Health Integration Network):$291,394

Notable numbers

HHS had 42 staff making $300,000 or more while St. Joseph's had 11 and Joseph Brant three.

The Front Line

Sharon Roshko (highest paid RN HHS): $138,164

Ivana Cercone (highest paid RN St. Joseph's): $126,244

Diane Armstrong (highest paid RN Joseph Brant): $123,616

Notable numbers

There were 162 nurses on the list at HHS145 at St. Joseph's and 11 at Joseph Brant. This included all types of nursing jobs.

Dr. Boleslaw Lach (highest paid professor physician at HHS): $346,073

Notable numbers

There were 46 physicians, professor physicians and assistant physicians at HHS earning an average of nearly $260,000.

Samih Salama (highest paid pathologist at St. Joseph's): $328,477

Notable numbers

Seven of the top 11 earners at St. Joseph's were pathologists.

jfrketich@thespec.com

905-526-3349 | @Jfrketich

With files from Canadian Press

Executive pay at Hamilton Health Sciences jumps higher

News Mar 25, 2016 by Joanna Frketich The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Health Sciences spent an extra $500,000 on executive salaries in 2015.

The bump to roughly $5.8 million in pay and taxable benefits for presidents, vice-presidents and executive vice-presidents occurred last year despite the fact that 2014 had an extra pay period.

The figures were released Thursday during the Ontario government's annual disclosure of public service earnings of at least $100,000.

"HHS salaries are very much in line with what is paid throughout the sector," said CEO Rob MacIsaac pointing out executives have an "extraordinary level" of education and responsibility. HHS is Hamilton's largest employer and has a budget of $1.2 billion.

The 2014 figure doesn't include former CEO Murray Martin who was paid that year but was not part of the executive team. Even if his salary is included, HHS still spent $165,000 more on executive salaries in 2015.

"We have very talented people," said MacIsaac. "They are well paid and from my perspective need to be well paid."

MacIsaac's salary and taxable benefits of $654,648 was down significantly from $757,583 because of pension adjustments he was given in 2014. The decrease dropped him from the second highest paid hospital CEO in Ontario in 2014 to the 12th in 2015 revealed public salary disclosure released Thursday.

At HHS, seven executives top the list earning between $350,000 and $440,000 each. Most got the same salary or slightly less from the year before. In total, 17 HHS executives are on the list with the lowest paid making just over $218,000.

"The list reflects the ongoing constraints that are placed on executive compensation," said MacIsaac. "Most senior executive salaries have been frozen."

Hamilton's highest public sector salary of $748,574 went to Kevin Smith, leader of St. Joseph's Health System and the Niagara Health System. It placed him as the third-highest paid hospital CEO in the province behind Toronto's Barry McLellan, who made just over $765,000 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Joseph Mapa who received nearly $762,000 at Sinai Health System.

"We consider him the top person in Canada," said Brian Guest, senior vice-president of corporate renewal and mission at St. Joseph's Health System. "That benefits all of Hamilton … He should be paid competitively."

Also, making more than $500,000 was McMaster University leader Dr. John Kelton, lead researcher Dr. Salim Yusuf and Dr. David Higgins, president of St. Joseph's Healthcare.

Kelton, who is stepping down June 30 as dean and vice-president of health sciences, was the fifth highest paid university employee in Ontario. His salary and taxable benefits of $506,985 was topped only by leaders at the University of Toronto.

The surprise on the university list was Dr. Mark Crowther who was the province's 10th highest paid university employee with salary and taxable benefits of $474,473 in 2015. He wasn't even one of McMaster's top five earners last year making $310,227. The $164,000 raise was partly due to his appointment as chair of pathology and molecular medicine. It was also because of fluctuations in earnings from treating patients and an extra pay period in 2015.

Also up from 2014 was Dr. Akbar Panju who made $422,755 as a professor in the department of medicine. The extra $42,600 in earnings pushed him above university president Patrick Deane's who made $413,774.

Yusuf, executive director of the Population Health Research Institute, didn't appear at the top of any lists because his $627,051 salary and taxable benefits are split between HHS and McMaster.

Among Burlington's top earners was Joseph Brant Hospital CEO Eric Vandewall with salary and taxable benefits of $372,168.

The boss at Ontario Power Generation led the province's 2015 sunshine list making $1.59 million in salary and benefits, followed by University of Toronto president and CEO William Moriarty at $1.47 million. Four of the top 10 spots were leaders of the Pan Am Games with salaries around $800,000.

There are 115,431 people on this year's list of those making $100,000 or more — an increase of nearly 4,000 people despite the fact 3,774 Hydro One workers who were on the 2014 list are no longer subject to salary disclosure.

Fifty-eight people on the list had salaries of more than $500,000 last year.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday that she had no plans to raise the $100,000 threshold for Ontario's so-called sunshine list of public sector workers, even though it was set 20 years ago. She said the threshold is "still relevant at that rate."

Wynne denies the government tried to bury the sunshine list by releasing it at the start of a four-day long weekend.

Top Earners

Kevin Smith (president and CEO of St. Joseph's and Niagara health systems): $748,574

Rob MacIsaac (HHS president and CEO): $654,648

Dr. Salim Yusuf (executive director Population Health Research Centre): $627,051

Dr. David Higgins (President St. Joseph's Healthcare): $525,617

Brenda Flaherty (HHS executive vice president clinical operations):$439,794

Notable numbers

A total of 475 staff at HHS and 315 at St. Joseph's made the list. One less pay period lowered the HHS list by 142 staff while an extra pay day added 73 to the list at St. Joseph's. Joseph Brant has 48 staff on the list.

Other Notables

Dr. Richard McLean (HHS chief medical executive): $425,552

Dr. Ralph Meyer (president Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre): $419,486

Dr. Peter Fitzgerald (president McMaster Children's Hospital): $374,547

Renato Discenza (HHS executive vice president, strategy and innovation): $374,180

Eric Vandewall (president and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital): $372,168

Donna Cripps (CEO of the Local Health Integration Network): $280,548

Dr. Jennifer Everson (physician lead of the Local Health Integration Network):$291,394

Notable numbers

HHS had 42 staff making $300,000 or more while St. Joseph's had 11 and Joseph Brant three.

The Front Line

Sharon Roshko (highest paid RN HHS): $138,164

Ivana Cercone (highest paid RN St. Joseph's): $126,244

Diane Armstrong (highest paid RN Joseph Brant): $123,616

Notable numbers

There were 162 nurses on the list at HHS145 at St. Joseph's and 11 at Joseph Brant. This included all types of nursing jobs.

Dr. Boleslaw Lach (highest paid professor physician at HHS): $346,073

Notable numbers

There were 46 physicians, professor physicians and assistant physicians at HHS earning an average of nearly $260,000.

Samih Salama (highest paid pathologist at St. Joseph's): $328,477

Notable numbers

Seven of the top 11 earners at St. Joseph's were pathologists.

jfrketich@thespec.com

905-526-3349 | @Jfrketich

With files from Canadian Press