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UHD doctors’ salaries can top $300K

By Staff | Sep 13, 2010

Jeff Lang - UHD Administrator

Family practitioners at United Hospital District would be paid a minimum annual salary of more than $220,000 under a compensation plan approved by the board on Tuesday.

For the past several months, UHD officials have been working with consultants to develop a pay model for the four physicians.

“There is a shortage of physicians in rural areas to begin with, so to attract and retain quality doctors you have to be market competitive,” says Jeff Lang, UHD administrator.

Under the new pay plan, a physician will earn an annual base salary of $225,000. They would be paid more for attaining productivity levels under a tier system.

The salary ranges are from $235,139 to $301,043.

In addition, the doctors have an opportunity to earn another $25,000 if they are able to attain “five initiatives.”

The compensation plan is effective Jan. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2011.

Physicians may also earn income from “outside services,” but, they must receive prior approval from UHD management.

On another matter, Lang says the Minnesota Department of Health has finished its final inspection of the new adolescent treatment center in Winnebago.

That means staff will start moving into the facility on Tuesday and the patients this Wednesday.

“The next 30 to 60 days will be some challenging times, getting used to being and living in the building,” Lang says.

Once the center is open, Lang says, UHD officials over the next 30 days will work with staff and a marketing firm to come up with a new name.

“It’s now time to move forward with updating the name of the facility to bring it in alignment with the rest of the organization and our strategic intent of strengthening brand identity,” he adds.

Lang says work on the hospital project is moving forward and he doesn’t anticipate any problems the next several weeks that would slow progress.

He says the front entrance to the hospital has been re-opened and patient flow is back to normal.