Partners HealthCare execs' pay went up nearly 20% in 2013

Tax documents show some executives at Boston-based Partners HealthCare saw their salaries increase by almost 20 percent from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2013, according to a Boston Business Journal report.

Partners President and CEO Gary Gottlieb, MD, received a 17 percent raise to $2.61 million in total compensation, including a base salary of $1.36 million, benefits and non-taxable expenses, according to the report. Elizabeth Nabel, MD, president of Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital, got an 18 percent raise to $2.38 million in total compensation for fiscal year 2013. Additionally, Eric Beyer, MD, PhD, who resigned last September as CEO of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, saw his total earnings rise 18 percent to $910,787, according to the report.

However, not every Partners-owned facility leader received a generous pay increase: Edward Benz, MD, president and CEO of the Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, saw his salary go up by just 1 percent to $1.42 million, according to the report.

Partners has become the center of controversy in the Massachusetts healthcare world recently because of its proposed acquisition of South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass. A tentative settlement between Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Partners  that would allow the system to complete its proposed acquisitions of South Shore and Hallmark Health System in Melrose, Mass., under certain conditions has drawn protests from other healthcare providers in the state, policymakers and economists who say the merger will drive up costs and reduce competition.


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