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James Gardner, CEO, Northeast Ga. Medical Center: $1,279,387

March 11, 2010 --

Gardner earned $821,619 in salary in fiscal year 2008, plus a benefit package worth $457,768, according to tax records for Northeast Georgia Health Systems, which owns the Gainesville medical center. That’s 35 times what the average Hall County resident earned.

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.