8 hospital CEOs in Maryland earned more than $1 million in 2011

The average compensation for not-for-profit hospital chief executive officers in Maryland is far higher than the national average, reported the Delmarva Daily Times.

Maryland hospital CEOs earned an average compensation package of $994,097 in 2011, the most recent year for which tax return data was available, according to the Times. The national average compensation for a nonprofit CEO is $560,100.

Pay packages ranged from $3.75 million for Martin Doordan, who retired as Annapolis-based Anne Arundel Medical Center's top executive, to less than $280,000. Eight CEOs earned seven-figure pay packages. 

The Times noted that pay is often tied to a hospital's financial performance and size. Doordan, for example, oversaw the state's fifth largest hospital in terms of revenue. Other financial specifics, such as whether the facility provides charity care, do not factor in, according to the Times.

The issue has raised controversy elsewhere. In New Hampshire, for example, hospital CEOs saw their pay climb out of proportion to other employees in the midst of the Great Recession, despite reductions in charity care and other services.

Moreover, the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy concluded that the pay raises were not linked to upward bumps in the quality of care delivered.

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