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MULTICARE: We owe thanks, not bashing over salaries

Letter by Jerry E. Gibbs, Gig Harbor on Dec. 23, 2010 at 9:20 am with 4 Comments »
December 23, 2010 2:30 pm

Re: “Millions for MultiCare CEO” (TNT, 12-21).

I feel I must come to the defense of those at MultiCare that The News Tribune wants to embarrass over their salaries.

MultiCare and its doctors saved my life and helped me beat cancer. I have seen many people getting cancer treatments there who are walking upright today because of the well-run medical services it provides to all of us. When you get sick and are on your deathbed, you don’t care what the CEO is paid; you just feel like a lottery winner that we have such a well-run facility serving the public and saving lives every day.

We owe the management of MultiCare a debt of thanks, not a bashing over what they are paid. If CEO Diane Cecchettini makes millions, I think she earns it. Look at those in our society who contribute nothing other than an ability to bounce, catch or throw a ball, yet they make tens of millions. Look at the trillions of dollars wasted by government and the lives lost in useless wars and what we pay those people to manage debacles.

How about a news story about the homeless guy MultiCare treated for cancer at no cost? It takes a true manager to provide a service like this and keep the doors open at the hospital. I say thank you to all at MultiCare for saving my life and for all they do for us. They earn every penny they are paid.

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  1. Let us know how big a raise you get for this brown-nosing diatribe.

  2. IQof88: Someone had his thumb on the scale when you weighed in.

  3. ItalianSpring says:

    James- and all this happened without Obombacare. Good thing he’s here to “change” everything.

  4. Mr. Gibbs, I am glad to hear that Multicare helped you beat Cancer, it’s good to hear they are doing the job that Insurance companies pay them to do. This letter sounds similar to a recent on-line post, comparing the salary of Cecchettini to NBA players, and sorry but it’s completely irrelevant, and the comparison between those 2 industries makes no sense at all. Let’s not lose sight of the topic at hand, (for a non-profit, the CEO of Multicare is over-paid, period.) And Multicare should not be paying for expenses of Spousal travel, as that rarely happens anymore in the private sector. For Folsom to state that this is done so the “Spouse has some knowledge of the business this is, in terms of complexity”, (as the justification to pick up this expense) is laughable. I guess that is the best excuse he could come up with ? Get real.

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