Tacoma hospital system releases executive salary data

Staff writerJune 17, 2014 

The six top executives of Tacoma’s largest private employer, MultiCare Health System, made more than $500,000 each last year, new figures filed with the state show.

They were led by MultiCare President Diane Cecchettini, whose total base salary, bonuses, incentives, deferred compensation and non-taxable benefit package totaled $1,442,412.

That amount was almost $50,000 more than the MultiCare CEO made in 2012, a 3.5 percent raise for the veteran hospital administrator.

Cecchettini retires from that position June 30.

The compensation for the head of the five-hospital, 11,000-employee health network was in line with other private, nonprofit health system administrators in the Puget Sound area.

MultiCare operates Tacoma General, Mary Bridge Childrens, Allenmore, Good Samaritan and Auburn hospitals.

Joe Wilczek, the head of Tacoma’s other major health network, Franciscan Health System, made a total of $1,392,292 in 2012, the last year for which figures were available.

Franciscan operates St. Joseph, St. Clare, St. Francis, St. Elizabeth, St. Anthony, Highline and Harrison hospitals. Franciscan’s fiscal year is different from MultiCare’s, so the Franciscan doesn’t have to report its 2013 executive salaries until Nov. 15.

Scott Armstrong, head of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, made $1.39 million in 2013. Robert Malte, chief executive at Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland, was paid $996,268 in 2013. Rich Roodman at Valley Medical Center in Renton earned $1,427,320 last year. Dr. Gary Kaplan, CEO at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, earned $1.96 million in 2013.

At MultiCare, the second highest compensated executive was Executive Vice President Florence Chang at $789,060. Next on the list was Chris Knackstedt, chief financial officer, $783,822.

Katherine Smith, MultiCare’s senior vice president, was paid $618,926. Glenn Kasman, lead administrator for MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital earned $602,902. Shelly Mullin, lead administrator for Tacoma General, Mary Bridge and Allenmore hospitals, made $535,738.

John Gillie: 252-597-8663 john.gillie@thenewstribune.com

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