Jefferson Healthcare CEO pay raised to $350,000
PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Healthcare commissioners raised CEO Mike Glenn’s salary to $350,000 for 2023 during a special meeting Thursday.
After about an hour in executive session, commissioners approved the increase on a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Matt Ready opposed.
Jefferson Healthcare officials would not confirm Glenn’s salary for 2022, but the Peninsula Daily News reported in October that Glenn’s salary was $300,000 based on comments made by Port Townsend Mayor David Faber during the manager’s salary discussion of the city.
The apparent increase of $50,000 from 2022-2023 would represent an increase of approximately 16 percent. Hospital worker compensation records from the Washington Department of Health list Glenn’s 2020 base salary at $282,638. Data for Jefferson Healthcare in 2021 is not available from the state.
Some board members praised Glenn’s management of the hospital, saying his qualifications could command higher salaries elsewhere.
“He is an outstanding CEO and we are fortunate to have him,” said Commissioner Jill Buhler Rienstra. “It will be a terrible day when he retires.”
Rienstra did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but said at the meeting, Jefferson Hospital was one of only 15 hospitals in the state to have ended 2022 with a positive balance sheet. She also cited Glenn’s role in securing a $2.5 million federal grant to expand Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center.
Commissioner Marie Dressler also praised Glenn’s record and said the hospital was financially stable.
“You get what you pay for,” Dressler said. “His performance has been exemplary.”
Gati – the lone dissenting vote – told the meeting he had concerns about performance and called the increase “excessive”.
In an email, Ready declined to comment on his concerns and said he had written about his concerns on his personal blog.
“My 2022 performance concern is that the CEO failed to provide any response to the failures I noted during his 2021 review,” Ready wrote in a Jan. 13 post. “In a professional environment, employees need to listen to feedback and answer important questions from their employer.”
According to his LinkedIn profile, Glenn — who served as CEO of Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles from 1991-2006 — came to Jefferson Healthcare in 2010 after working in administrative positions at Providence St. Peter in Olympia and Valley Medical Center in Renton.
In 2018, he was honored with the Washington State Hospital Association’s annual Joe Hopkins Memorial Award, and in 2017 he received the Grassroots Champion Award for Washington State from the American Hospital Association.
Jefferson Healthcare is the county’s largest employer with more than 800 employees, officials have said.
In addition to a 25-bed hospital, it owns and operates six rural health clinics, five primary care clinics, one dental and express clinic and nine specialty care clinics. It also operates Jefferson Healthcare Home Health and Hospice Service.
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