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August 22, 2020

Executive Compensation at Mercy Health (Chesterfield, MO)

by Anne Paddock

Mercy Health is one of the largest US health systems with more than 40 hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities serviced by 45,000 employees in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas.  In addition, Mercy Health has clinics, outpatient service and outreach ministry in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Mercy Health is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and the corporate member of 15 other tax-exempt organizations which in turn are the sole corporate members of over 50 other tax-exempt organizations that include hospitals, foundations, and medical group/physician clinic organizations.  Because of the complexity of Mercy Health (there are dozens of non-profits and corporations and foundations), this post is focused solely on the most highly compensated employees in the Mercy healthcare system, reported on the Form 990’s listed at the end of the post.

The most highly compensated employees are reported to be:

  • $4,905,539:  Fred Ford, SVP – Ambulatory Care
  • $3,151,191:  James Britton, Mercy Health CEO and Board Member
  • $2,532,879:  Michael McCurry, EVP, Chief Operating Officer
  • $1,792,508:  Diana Smalley, President, West Communities
  • $1,723,464:  Jon Swope, President, Central Communities
  • $1,595,263:  Shannon Sock, Treasurer and CFO, EVP
  • $1,529,631: Philip Wheeler, Secretary and SVP/General
  • $1,438,999:  Fred McQueary, President – Ambulatory Care and Chief Clinic Officer
  • $1,403,162:  Don Sorensen, EVP, Operations
  • $1,211,804:  Vance Moore, SVP, Operations
  • $1,129,291:  Cynthia Mercer, SVP, Chief Administrative Officer
  • $1,154,740:  Jeffrey A Johnston, President, Mercy Hospital St Louis
  • $1,115,591:  John W Hubert, President, Mercy Clinic
  • $1,115,535:  Christopher Coleman, Physician and Board Member
  • $1,036,902:  Alan Scarrow, President, Springfield Communities
  • $1,009,508:  Allan Allphin, Physician and Board Member
  • $  982,498:  Ron Trulove, Chief Reimbursement and Rev Opt Officer
  • $  970,229:  Marcus Gunter, COO, Mercy Clinics
  • $  946,099:  Charles Rehm, CAO and Board Member
  • $  923,675:  Thomas Hale, Former Highly Compensated Employee
  • $  918,023:  Jim Gebhart, President Oklahoma Hospital
  • $  882,085:  Gilbert Hoffman, VP, Chief Information Officer
  • $  870,796:  Jonathan Vitiello, SVP, Financial Operations
  • $  827,993:  Ryan Gehrig, CEO (Fort Smith) and Board Member
  • $  824,545:  Gary Pulsipher, CEO (Joplin) and Board Member
  • $  807,821:  Curtis Thompson, Chief Contracting Officer
  • $  800,712:  Eric Pianalto, Chief Executive Officer (Rogers)
  • $  800,399:  Robert J Stuppy, Physician and Board Member
  • $  744,537:  Alexander R Hover, VP Clin Excellence and Board Member
  • $  685,943:  Cheryl L Matejka, CFO
  • $  683,864:  Anthony Waskiewicz, VP, Chief Investment Officer
  • $  683,276:  Linda Knodel, SVP – CNO
  • $  625,245:  Stuart G Strangeland, COO Springfield Clinic and Board Member
  • $  608,769:  Andrew Runge, COO, Clinics
  • $  603,542:  Scott Reynolds, CFO, Central Communities
  • $  590,972:  Hugh G Donnell, Physician and Board Member
  • $  578,776:  David Hunton, Chief Medical Officer (Fort Smith)
  • $  558,172:  John Mehl, Physician and Board Member
  • $  556,765:  Stephen Sanders, Physician and Board Member
  • $  556,164:  Brent Hubbard, COO and Board Member
  • $  550,707:  Raymond M Weick, Physician and Board Member
  • $  541,550:  Christopher Johnson, Chief of Staff (Rogers)
  • $  503,192:  Rhett Stover, CAO
  • $  497,986:  Douglas Treptow, Former Key Employee
  • $  492,647:  Gary Raju, CFO (thru 4/17)
  • $  488,263:  Donald Kalicak, VP Business Development and Planning
  • $  482,682:  Michele Stewart, Former Key Employee (thru 10/16)
  •  $ 460,962:  Tracy Godfrey, Physician and Board Member
  • $  451,812:  Lance Luna, Chief Medical Officer
  • $  450,396:  Elizabeth K Person, Chief Nursing Officer
  • $  437,718:  Stanley Corley, Physician and Board Member
  • $  437,321:  James Burke, Regional VP, Legal
  • $  425,017:  Aaron J Steffens, COO (Oklahoma City) through 11/16
  • $  419,160:  Susan Hannasch, Regional VP, General Counsel
  • $  408,490:  Becky Payton, Regional VP, Operations
  • $  386,718:  David D Whitaker, CAO
  • $  363,757:  Shelly Hunter, CFO (Joplin) thru 4/17
  • $  354,693:  Tanya Manon, Regional VP, HR
  • $  354,009:  Paul Bean, Physician and Board Member
  • $  348,784:  Bich-Vi Le, Regional VP, General Counsel
  • $  346,166:  Charlotte Rankin, Chief Nursing Officer (Rogers)
  • $  324,073:  Theodore K Fronczak, VP – Operations
  • $  320,321:  Patricia Robertson, Former Key Employee
  • $  318,567:  Keith Minnis, Regional VP – HR
  • $  313,105:  Janice M Vespa, VP, Operations
  • $  311,183:  Jennifer Thomas, Chief Nursing Officer (Fort Smith)
  • $  308,147:  Mark C Johnson, Chief Medical Officer (Oklahoma City)
  • $  299,762:  Greta Wilcher, VP Finance (Fort Smith)
  • $  296,079:  William Hennessey, VP Mission, former key employee
  • $  294,328:  Denise Scoffic, VP Finance
  • $  291,802:  David P Globig, VP, Operations
  • $  291,298:  Cindy Carmichael, COO (Ardmore) Former HCE
  • $  288,107:  Robert S Watson, Former Key Employee
  • $  287,028:  Karyl James, Chief Nursing Officer (Oklahoma City)
  • $  276,587:  Robert F Barclay, VP Support Services
  • $  265,128:  Dennis G Manley, Chief Nursing Officer
  • $  260,326:  Benny Stover, JVP, Finance
  • $  259,538:  Mark R Stiffler, VP, Operations
  • $  253,384:  Tracy Enloe, CFO (beginning 4/17)
  • $  251,654:  Richard V Smith, Medical Director (Oklahoma City)
  • $  249,487:  Dennis J Frieda, Medical Physicist
  • $  247,797:  Alan B Hollingsworth, Medical Director (Oklahoma City)
  • $  245,878:  Charles D Hill, Former Regional Admin Rural
  • $  231,873:  Mark R Sarte Clinical Pharmacist
  • $  231,008:  Thomas Edelstein, VP Mission and Ethics
  • $  224,515:  Joel James, WVP – Mission
  • $  221,390:  Lynn Pinaroc, VP Finance (Oklahoma City)
  • $  220,923:  Thomas Fahey, Physician Practice Informatics
  • $  217,711:  Keith Madison, Former Key Employee
  • $  213,593:  Howard K Young, Physicist
  • $  213,114:  Michael Gusdorf, Pharmacist
  • $  211,525:  Robert D Dunham, Director, Pharmacy Services (Rogers)
  • $  210,707:  Wendell S Edmonson, Director of Pharmacy
  • $  209,390:  Martin Schreiber, VP Mission
  • $  207,643:  Andrea C Hawkins, Charge RN (Fort Smith)
  • $  207,139:  Julianne Stec, COO (Fort Smith)
  • $  201,430:  Jared Bryson, Former Key Employee
  • $  200,000:  Samuel J Rhoades, Medical Physicist
  • $  199,623:  George R Carnell, Clinical Pharmacist
  • $  198,320:  Jacqueline Percy, Charge RN (Fort Smith)
  • $  192,038:  Eric Adams, Pharmacist (Fort Smith)
  • $  187,941:  Dawn C Womak, ADV Practice RN Certified NP
  • $  193,872:  Sarah Boyd, Director, Pharmacy Services (Joplin)
  • $  189,303:  Lynn W Sandoval, Exec Director, Regional Period Services
  • $  180,407:  Mark P Huslig, Executive Director, Therapy Service
  • $  179,433:  Tim Murphy, HR
  • $  177,989:  Sean Slaba, Perfusionist (Rogers)
  • $  174,818:  Eric Gibbs, Clinical Pharmacist (Rogers)
  • $  174,530:  Richard Moore, Clinical Pharmacist (Rogers)
  • $  173,866:  Tim A Holding, Manager, Pharmacy Services (Joplin)
  • $  171,574:  Mary Mountifield, Pharmacist (Rogers)
  • $  165,181:  Christopher Neluby, Exec Director Regional Periopertine Sun
  • $  165,156:  Nora L Cannon, Exec Director, Cardiovascular Services

83 out of the 113 (73%) of the most highly compensated employees listed above are male while 30 of the 113 (27%) are female. 8 of the 10 most highly compensated employees listed above are male while 2 are female.

The following employees received severance payments:

  • $143,056:  Randall J Combs, Former Officer
  • $353,578:  Elaine Moore, Former Officer
  • $477,759:  Bill Peterson, Former Key Employee
  • $112,722:  Brady Marla, Former Key Employee

It is important to note the above employees received compensation listed above from a related organization (which is not named) according to the Mercy For 990 submitted to the IRS for the year ending June 30, 2017.  The above list does not include the most highly compensated employees

Mercy paid for first class or charter travel.  In addition, tax indemnification and gross up payments were made. For detail on these costs, see Schedule J, Part III, Supplemental Information of all the IRS Form 990’s that make up Mercy.

Click here to read the IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30, 2017) for Mercy Health East Communities

Click here to read the IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30,2017) for Mercy Health

Click here to read the IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30,2017) for MHM Support Services

Click here to read the IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30, 2017) for Mercy Hospital Springfield

Click here to read the IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30, 2017) for Mercy Hospital Rogers

Click here to read the IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30, 2017) for Mercy Hospital Joplin

Click here to read the IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30, 2017) for Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City

Click here to read the IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30, 2017) for Mercy Hospital Fort Smith

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