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How transparent was House speaker’s European holiday?

How transparent was House speaker's European holiday?
January 24, 2011 --

House Speaker David Ralston, staff and family enjoyed a $17,000 working holiday last Thanksgiving. So much for the idea of a $100 gift cap. Or for transparency. Lobbyist Chris Brady, representing Commonwealth Research Associates LLC, picked up the tab for hotels and airfare. A few weeks later, Brady took Ralston and staff to a $403 dinner. Other than that, official disclosures tell us nothing.

Study: Metro hospitals fall short on affordable health care

Study: Metro hospitals fall short on affordable health care
June 25, 2010 --

Many metro Atlanta hospitals should do more to improve access to health care for the low-income and uninsured, a new study has concluded. The hospitals mark up costs by as much as 700 percent. Some barely meet state standards for providing free medical care. And only half post legally required signs to let uninsured patients know about financial-aid programs.

Joel Wernick, Phoebe Putney Health Systems CEO: $797,034

Joel Wernick, Phoebe Putney Health Systems CEO: $797,034
October 14, 2009 --

That’s how much Joel Wernick was paid in FY2008. That wasn’t even his best year. In FY2007, he collected $905,570, which included $249,758 in benefits and deferred pay.

Kurt Stuenkel, Floyd Medical Center CEO: $901,948

Kurt Stuenkel, Floyd Medical Center CEO: $901,948
July 21, 2009 --

Kurt Stuenkel, the CEO of Floyd Medical Center in Rome earned that much (plus expenses) in FY 2007, according to Georgia Watch.

‘Model practices,’ excessive pay reported at Floyd hospital

July 21, 2009 --

Floyd County’s medical center exhibits some “model practices” in indigent care and strong community outreach, a statewide consumer group reported today. But CEO Kurt Stuenkel makes a salary comparable to some Fortune 500 executives, and the hospital charges huge mark-ups on some services — nearly 2,500 percent for anesthesiology, Georgia Watch said.

July 14

July 14, 2009 --

Madoff moved to prison in Atlanta 18 schools’ gains on tests raised suspicions Imperial coached Chambliss on how to rebut whistleblower witness at U.S. Senate hearing Parole board boosted own pay; reversed after public reaction Phoebe Putney: Georgia Watch defamed hospital