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September 16, 2009 > Letter to the Editor: CEO salary sparks anger

Letter to the Editor: CEO salary sparks anger

As a nationally-recognized expert on health care cost-delivery reform I speak as a guest on radio shows all over the country. I hear the deep anger of people over what Congress and The President want to do. People simply do not understand how the system works or where its singular flaw is. Now, we have a local example of it.

WHHS CEO Nancy Farber's was about to be approved for a $59,000 increase to her existing compensation package already totaling nearly $900,000 and did you know about it? No? Surprised? Don't be!

With all due respect to Trustee Stewart, there is very great doubt that anyone in hospital management deserves raises, especially now. The district's salary consultant suggested this raise would put her on par with other California hospital administrators.

People are struggling to simply survive! Anyone recall Marie Antoinette? "How are the 'struggling' doing tonight?

As a local citizen I formally demand the WHHS Bond Oversight Committee review every journal entry that accounts for every dollar allocated to bond project salaries. None of it should be allocated to hospital administration.

Insurance rates are largely based on what they expect to pay out in claims. Do you think rates are going to be more or less to pay claims for hospital charges where the hospital administration team has a bloated salary structure? Rates are going to be much higher.

So, who is the greedy player in the system? Everyone is quick to blame the insurers, who rightfully deserve blame for not exposing this travesty. However it is the player who can pass the buck and collect more money off of an unsuspecting public by transferring anger onto a third party (the insurers). I call on the entire elected District Board to resign. This is more than embarrassing. This is egregious incompetence.

J. Dennis Wolfe

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