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Why does NHRMC President Jack Barto make more than presidents of larger hospitals?

Mike Voorheis
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Q. How is it that the president of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Jack Barto, can make more than the presidents of larger hospitals in the state such as Carolina Medical Center or Duke Hospital?

A. Barto’s salary, according to the StarNews database of public workers salaries, is $675,376.

Spencer Lilly, president of Carolinas Medical Centern made $633,326 in 2012.

Kevin Sowers, president of Duke University Hospital in Durham, made $658,592 in 2010.

But there are plenty of higher-paid executives in the hospital systems that oversee Duke University Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center.

Barto, who is both president and chief executive officer, oversees all of NHRMC’s properties.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Duke CEO Victor Dzau made $2.2 million in 2010. Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, received total compensation of $4,236,305 in 2011, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Erin Balzotti, spokesperson for New Hanover Regional Medical Center, explained:

“The President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center does not have a higher salary than other CEOs in comparable positions. When comparing CEO salaries, it is important to consider the size of the organization and the scope of responsibility in order to make a fair comparison. As a multi-hospital health system and one of the largest healthcare organizations in the state, New Hanover Regional Medical Center encompasses the 17th Street campus, the NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital, Pender Memorial Hospital, NHRMC Home Care, NHRMC Emergency Medical Services, Atlantic SurgiCenter, NHRMC Urgent Care and the NHRMC Physician Group. The President and CEO of NHRMC oversees the activities of all of the facilities and departments of NHRMC and is responsible for the growth and viability of the entire system, not just a single facility such as Carolinas Medical Center or Duke Hospital.

“The NHRMC Board of Trustees strives to keep strong organizational leaders by setting compensation for those leaders at a rate that is just above average for similar positions in the industry. The Board contracts with an independent third party to evaluate compensation and benefits and ensure that compensation is in line with the industry average. This compensation philosophy is consistent for every position in the organization, including the CEO.”


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2 Responses to “ Why does NHRMC President Jack Barto make more than presidents of larger hospitals?”

  1. On September 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm Carson Buckelew wrote:

    Somewhat misleading response ya’ll… Carolinas Healthcare System has an operating budget in the billions, and Duke is private and their CEO is a medical doctor. Both CEO’s oversee far more than NHRMC spokesperson leads to and neither system is such a recipient of county tax payers dollars and the head of their counties leading employer.

  2. On January 21, 2014 at 10:18 am sharon bishop wrote:

    I have been with NHRMC for 13 years. Since Jack has been here he has earned every penny he has been paid. He is all for the patient and employee’s welfare. This hospital treats their employee wonderful. I couldn’t be prouder of a place to work in. The people here are awesome and we all care about the people who are here as patients and our fellow employees. You don’t get the kind of dedication we have here if we didn’t have an awesome leader. Thanks Jack Barto for all you do. Our hospital is blessed to have you.

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