Nonprofit? Really? Big Salaries For Chiefs At Mass. Charitable Hospitals, Health Plans

A sample chart from the Attorney General's report showing compensation details for the top paid hospital executive in 2011, John O'Brien.

A sample chart from the Attorney General’s report showing compensation details for the top paid hospital executive in 2011, John O’Brien.

Compensation for CEOs of the top 25 nonprofits in the state, including hospitals and health plans, ranged from more than $487,000 to approximately $8.8 million, according to a new report released today by Attorney General Martha Coakley.

“Massachusetts is unique,” Coakley says, “in that many of our largest employers are non-for-profit institutions.”

These hospitals, health plans (and universities included in Coakley’s report) “must compete with national for-profit companies for CEO talent while staying true to their charitable mission.”

So do these CEO salaries achieve that balance?

Coakley suggests these organizations could be more balanced by paying more attention to the difference between executive and non-executive pay and by considering “the level of public support the organization enjoys in the form of exemption from property tax, corporate excise tax, sales tax and other forms of taxation.”

The numbers below, from 2011, look big and they are, just keep in mind they include retirement, bonuses and all other compensation.


1) John O’Brien at UMass Memorial Health Care $2,350,992.00 (retired earlier this year)

2) Gary Gottlieb at Partners HealthCare $2,163,199.00

3) Betsy Nabel at Brigham and Women’s Hospital $1,939,479.00

4) Peter Slavin at Massachusetts General Hospital $1,758,691.00

5) Mark Tolosky at Baystate Health $1,636,004.00

6) James Mandell at Children’s Hospital $1,503,885.00

7) Linda Shyavitz at Sturdy Memorial Hospital $1,496, 532.00

8) Edward Benz at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $1,406, 432.00

9) Kate Walsh at Boston Medical Center $1,378,292.00

10) Howard Grant at Lahey Health $1,045,479.00

11) Dianne Anderson at Lawrence General Hospital $674,042.00

12) Kevin Tabb at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center $360,877.00 (partial year)


1) Jim Roosevelt at Tufts Health Plan $2,116,683.00

2) Eric Schultz at Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan $1,460,982.00

3) Andrew Dreyfus at Blue Cross Blue Shield $ 1,111,075.00 (Dreyfus declined some compensation)

4) Patrick Hughes at Fallon Community Health Plan $1,029,227.00

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  • Warren Bennett

    Look at Dreyfuss’ salary at BC BS and also look at how Dreyfuss and BC BS are steering the patients that they insure away from 15 hospitals in Massachusetts, that BC BS calls their “Higher Cost Share Hospitals;” BC BS “cost sharing” puts an unfair financial burden on those insured by BC BS who want to or need to get their care at Mass General Brigham and Womens, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, UMASS Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, etc.The people at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts are crooks! The Massachusetts Legislature and Department of Public Health should take a close look at BC BS “Hospital cost sharing” policy.

  • bbenmous

    ad nauseam

  • Bossoccer

    It’s not just large non-profits like hospitals where the CEO’s make significantly more than the staff. I worked in non-profits for more than 10 years and at the one in Boston where I worked (staffing at the time about 70 ppl), the Executive Director made more than double what the next highest paid staff member made and most of the staff made about 1/10 of what the Ex.Director made. And the most recent director has practically driven it into the ground and it’s given up 90% of the work it used to do . . . . such a shame and unfortunately the Board just isn’t up to holding the current director to a high enough standard, especially in light of the salary.

  • pennyroyal

    outrageous!!! Sturdy Hospital in Attleboro is a small hospital. Ms. Shavitz is not worth that sum. Nor anyone else on this list.