[Nov. 2, 2015] OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Voters strongly support a ballot initiative to limit the compensation of Tri-City Medical Center’s top executives to $250,000 a year and publish the salaries of the highest paid administrators on the healthcare district’s website, according to a recent poll conducted in San Diego County.
The survey of 500 likely voters who live in the Tri-City Healthcare District, which includes Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista, shows 83 percent of respondents support a ballot measure that prevents any Tri-City executive from being paid more than $250,000 in salary and benefits. The measure would also require the district to publish the compensation of the top administrators on its website so taxpayers who foot the bill can see where their dollars are going. The compensation figure would be adjusted annually based on inflation.
“Tri-City’s priorities are upside down and the public agrees it’s time to impose real accountability,” said Raul Gamez, a respiratory therapist at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. “It’s an insult to taxpayers that instead of improving patient care, top executives are enriching themselves at the same time they are trying to undermine frontline healthcare workers, the people who actually deliver care to patients day in and day out.”
SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) commissioned the poll, conducted Oct. 17-19 among likely voters in next year’s election by the highly respected national polling organization Benenson Strategy Group.
Tri-City Medical Center CEO Tim Moran is paid $525,000 a year, and along with Moran, the five-highest paid executives receive a combined $1.75 million a year.
During contract negotiations with SEIU-UHW and its 800 members at the facility, Tri-City Medical Center proposed to contract out up to 460 jobs, something workers say would destabilize the hospital, create high turnover, harm patient care and eliminate good-paying jobs in the community.