Court rejects attempts to conceal Slidell Memorial Hospital CEO salary

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office released the salary of Slidell (La.) Memorial Hospital CEO Bill Davis after a state judge denied the hospital's motion Sept. 17 to keep the information private, according to The Times-Picayune.

The full audit shows Mr. Davis earned a $381,727 salary in 2014 and took home a total package of more than $460,000, including insurance, retirement and other benefits, according to the report.

The Legislative Auditor's office said it had been sued by the hospital, which wanted to block Mr. Davis' salary from the public as part of its "marketing strategy" and "strategic plan," according to the report. The auditor's office claimed this was a violation of Act 706, which requires audits to include CEO compensation.

District Judge Janice Clark ruled in favor of the auditor's office, and a report was released. However, this report did not include Mr. Davis' compensation. Slidell Memorial claimed the Enhanced Ability to Compete Act allowed it to keep salary information private to protect it from competitive disadvantage, according to the report. The hospital appealed the court's decision. Judge Clark rejected the appeal last week, and the full audit was released, according to the report.


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