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Letters to the Editor: Porter Medical Center needs to revisit its priorities

Right now, signs are posted near Porter Hospital “Porter Nurses for Safe Staffing.” Recently, more than a dozen nurses were laid off in order to cut expenses. The website indeed.com/cmp/Porter-Medical-Center/reviews has former employees giving the hospital three and a half stars out of five, as a place to work. Apparently, most reviewers liked the job. However, one exceptionally low one-star rating was:
“More than 20 years without much accomplishments; hired and promoted leaders who are ineffective yet highly compensated; poor leadership resulted to union organizing. New leadership went overboard by laying off too many people, good people; hired younger ineffective, highly paid managers/directors replaced the near retiring good people; kept the same old leadership team.”
Perhaps Porter should reduce pay for its CEO (and maybe other executives) instead of reduce nurses.
On August 23rd, Alicia Freese at Seven Days headlined ““Million-Dollar Question: How Much Should Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn?” and reported that Porter’s CEO is one of the highest-paid in the state:
CEO Pay at Vermont Hospitals
• University of Vermont Medical Center: $2,186,275
•        Dartmouth-Hitchcock: $1,494,669 (*This hospital is in Lebanon, N.H.)
• Southwestern Vermont Medical Center: $620,368
• Porter Medical Center: $612,877
• Rutland Regional Medical Center: $565,038
• Central Vermont Medical Center: $503,385
• Gifford Medical Center: $470,574
• Copley Hospital: $435,524
• North Country Hospital: $417,940
• Brattleboro Memorial Hospital: $390,731
• Northwestern Medical Center: $378,272
• Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center: $374,660
• Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital: $350,764
• Springfield Hospital: $264,563
• Grace Cottage Hospital: $124,800
Sources: individual Internal Revenue Service Form 990 reports Reports are for federal fiscal year 2016.
Eric Zuesse
Whiting

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