To: Subject: [AI] Shady Grove executives boosted their pay Date: December 2, 1999 9:56 AM Shady Grove executives boosted their pay Station Home Page & More Local Information Shady Grove executives boosted their pay WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2 – The Washington Post reports that executives at troubled Shady Grove Adventist Hospital gave themselves big raises in the years before they slashed staff. The Post examined federal tax returns that also show executives were granted huge severance payments. Shari Macias reports. ADVENTIST OFFICIALS SAY THE THE BIG PAYOUTS were a reward for lengthy service and an attempt to bring pay in line with other local healthcare providers. The Post report lists the largest payout was a $4.7 million lump sum paid to departing Adventist Healthcare President Bryan Breckenridge by Adventist Healthcare Inc. which runs Shady Grove and other facilities. Breckenridge’s top aide received $3.1 million when he left soon after. Adventist officials have denied much of the details of the Post’s report to News4 and say their executive’s pay is commensurate with executives in similar positions. Recently, doctors and nurses at the hospital have charged that staff cuts have endangered patient care and state examiners are considering revoking Shady Grove’s accreditation. The hospital’s medical committee made the message clear in an October letter to administrators: Quickly improve staffing and management or risk the safety and perhaps the lives of patients. The letter was crafted by Dr. Alan Kravitz, a general surgeon at the hospital. “The biggest problem is that there’s been a downsizing in the nursing staff and the hospital has been unable to maintain a stable nursing staff,” he said, to the point that patients are complaining and care had become “sometimes hazardous.” Kravitz now says payouts to executives revealed by The Post appear “outrageous.” Dr. Ruth Jacobs said one of her patients died after being left unattended. Jacobs says she found the patient “coding” and was told the person had “gone down off of the monitor and without a nurse.” In early November, Chief Executive Officer Cory Chambers and Chief Operating Officer Kiltie Leach resigned from their positions though Leach continues in a similar position at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. Before he left, Chambers had been paid compensation of more than $800,000 in both 1997 and 1998, compared to the $319,000 he earned in 1996 as executive vice president. On November 17, a state committee issued a severely critical report on Shady Grove Adventist Hospital as more patients come forward with claims of inadequate care. The report concluded patient care at the Rockville hospital has suffered because of management failures but federal officials said it was too soon to know what action they will take.