By Erin Mansfield
The chief executive officer of Vermont’s largest hospital system made more than $2 million in salary and benefits in 2015.
Dr. John Brumsted, the CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network and its flagship hospital, received nearly $2.19 million in compensation that year — $979,064 in base pay, $492,000 in bonuses, and contributions to a retirement account and health insurance, among other things.
VTDigger reviewed salary information for Vermont area hospital CEOs and other administrators dating back to 2006. Brumsted’s pay in 2015 is the highest of any hospital administrator in that time.
Additionally, Brumsted was the highest-paid hospital executive in Vermont between 2012, when he became CEO, and 2015, the most recent year that numbers are available on the annual Form 990, which nonprofits such as hospitals submit to the Internal Revenue Service.
Eleven other executives at the UVM Health Network and the UVM Medical Center made more than $500,000 in salary and benefits in 2015. Many shared the same bonuses Brumsted received that year for meeting financial, quality, and operational goals.
In 2015, the average pay and benefits for a CEO at a Vermont hospital, as well as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., was $612,698. The median was $435,554.
The average pay and benefits for a Vermont hospital CEO rose 11.9 percent increase from the year before, and the median pay and benefits rose 4.7 percent. There were 45 administrators making more than $500,000. Many were high-level administrators for the UVM Medical Center or Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. One was Todd Moore, the CEO of OneCare Vermont, a major health care reform company.
The Green Mountain Care Board, which regulates hospital budgets and health insurance prices, does not track the pay for hospital administrators but is considering doing so.
Brumsted lives in Shelburne. He is married to state Rep. Jessica Brumsted, D-Shelburne.