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January 9, 2021

Executive Compensation at Shriners Hospitals (2019)

by Anne Paddock

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 hospitals that provide specialized pediatric care (orthopaedic, burn, spinal cord, and palate) for children under the age of 18. According to the Shriners website, 20 out of the 22 hospitals are located in the United States and file IRS Form 990’s under two corporations:

  • The Shriners Hospitals for Children (for 18 of the hospitals in the US) – a Colorado corporation based in Tampa, Florida; and
  • The Shriners Hospitals for Children (for 2 of the hospitals in Massachusetts) – a Massachusetts corporation based in Tampa, Florida.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children – Colorado (SHC – CO) and the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Massachusetts (SHC – MA) raised nearly $900 million and reported total expenses of about $920 million (not including depreciation) in 2019 – spending about $20 million more than they raised . The collective net assets of the organizations were $9.5 billion at year-end, noting that these assets provide significant income to the organizations.

The largest expense for both organization is compensation for the employees.

SHC – CO paid $435 million in compensation to 5,530 employees, which equates to an average compensation of $79,000.  766 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 6 most highly compensated employees were reported to be:

  • $2,195,078:  Michelle James, Orthopedic Surgeon and Assistant Professor
  • $  820,968:  Amer Samdani, Chief of Surgery
  • $  809,565:  Scott Kozin, Chief of Staff
  • $  806,032:  Purnendu Gupta, Chief of Staff
  • $  797,028:  Glen Baird, Chief of Staff
  • $  718,821:  John McCabe, EVP

5 of the 6 (83%) most highly compensated employees are male while 1 of the 6 (and the most highly compensated) is a female.  Interestingly, SHC – CO has a board composition of 18 members, 16 of whom are independent. All 18 members (trustees) are male.

75 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 5 most highly compensated independent contractors were reported to be:

  • $8.5 million:  The University of Texas Medical, in Galveston, TX, for medical services
  • $8.1 million:  UC Regents at UC Davis, in Davis, CA, for medical services
  • $4.5 million:  The General Hospital Corporation, in Boston, MA, for medical services
  • $4.4 million:  Kentucky Medical Services Foundation, in Lexington, KY, for medical services
  • $4.1 million:  Burns and Associates Management, in St Louis, MO, for marketing

SHC – MA paid $35 million in compensation to 576 employees, which equates to an average compensation of $61,000.  59 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 5 most highly compensated employees were reported to be:

  • $728,396:  James Mooney, Chief of Staff
  • $602,740:  John Deweese, Orthopedic Surgeon and Assistant Professor
  • $464,629:  Prerana Patel, Orthopedic Surgeon and Assistant Professor
  • $297,477:  Kerstin Sobus, Psychiatrist
  • $296,477:  H. Lee Kirk, Administrator

4 of the 5 (80%) of the most highly compensated employees are male while 1 of the 5 (20%) is female. SHC – MA is overseen by a board with 22 members, 19 of whom are independent.  All trustees are male.

9 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 5 most highly compensated independent contractors were reported to be:

  • $5.8 million:  The General Hospital Corp, of Boston, MA, for outside patient services
  • $0.5 million:  Springfield Anesthesia Services, of Springfield, MA for anesthesia services
  • $0.4 million:  Dr Edward Bittner, of Boston, MA for medical services
  • $0.4 million:  Universal Protection Service, of Santa Ana, CA for security
  • $0.3 million:  Baystate Medical Practices, of Springfield, MA for medical services

SHC – CO and SHC – MA paid for first class flights for board members and executive staff whose flights are more than 2.5 hours long. Companion travel is provided for board members whose companion is participating in Shriners business. And, temporary housing allowances were provided for recruited individuals when relocation was required.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2019) for SHC – CO, click here.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2019) for SHC – MA, click here.

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