Jefferson Healthcare CEO gets cost-of-living raise

Jefferson Healthcare commissioner Jill Buhler and hospital CEO Glenn Mike Glenn applaud the hospital commissioners decision to begin the hospitals affiliation with Discovery Behavioral Health at a meeting Wednesday. (Cydney McFarland/Peninsula Daily News)

Jefferson Healthcare commissioner Jill Buhler and hospital CEO Glenn Mike Glenn applaud the hospital commissioners decision to begin the hospitals affiliation with Discovery Behavioral Health at a meeting Wednesday. (Cydney McFarland/Peninsula Daily News)

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn will receive a 3 percent cost-of-living increase — about $7,000 — in 2018 after action taken during the hospital board’s meeting Wednesday night.

In 2016 Glenn earned $236,953. His new salary will be about $244,000. Glenn and other officials did not return calls for comment.

“I think that Mike has done an extremely commendable job,” said Commissioner Jill Buhler during the meeting. “I am exceedingly happy that he is our CEO.”

Highest paid

The Peninsula Daily News reported in 2013 that Glenn was the highest paid public official on the North Olympic Peninsula.

At that time, he was paid $225,000 annually. Second was Clallam County Public Utility District General Manager Doug Nass, who made $179,004 a year.

The third highest was then Forks Community Hospital CEO Bill McMillan at $176,010 annually — $10 more than Eric Lewis, who is the CEO of the largest hospital on the North Olympic Peninsula, the Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles and Sequim.

In 2016, Lewis’s salary was raised to $225,000 annually, a $21,722 increase since a previous raise in 2014.

The Forks Community Hospital CEO has changed since 2013, first to David Selman, who was dismissed in 2015, and then to Tim Cournyer.

In 2015 hospital commissioners approved raising Glenn’s annual salary from $229,486 to $236,983, retroactive to the beginning of 2015.

Buhler said Thursday that Glenn hadn’t asked for a raise, just a cost of living adjustment at the “low-end” of what non-union workers at the hospital received. They received between 3 and 3.5 percent, she said.

Glenn also will be allowed to convert up to 100 hours to a 457(f) supplemental retirement plan and have up to 100 hours of paid time off.

Commissioners called the cost of living increase fair and said Jefferson Healthcare wouldn’t be what it is today without Glenn.

The cost-of-living increase was awarded after a 15-minute closed-door session.

According to his 2010 employment agreement, hospital commissioners “may periodically (but not more than annually) evaluate and adjust Glenn’s base salary for market competitiveness and other factors the board deems relevant and appropriate.”

Jefferson Healthcare is a critical-access hospital, meaning it has 25 beds or fewer.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].

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