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UHD board gives Lang small raise

By Staff | Apr 8, 2012

Although he wasn’t asking for a pay raise, the CEO of United Hospital District in Blue Earth is getting one.

On Tuesday, the hospital district’s board of directors increased Jeff Lang’s annual salary $3,700 to $188,700.

“We are very lucky and unbelievably fortunate to have the staff and administrator we do,” says board chair Dennis Zitnak. “They’re doing a complex job that does not end on Friday. It’s pretty much seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”

The 2 percent hike, recommended by the board’s executive committee, is the same given to other UHD staff members last year.

Committee members used data comparing compensation for CEO’s of hospital similar in size to UHD. A 2011 Minnesota Hospital Association survey shows the average salary is $200,000 a year.

While not seeking more money, Lang did request more paid time off (PTO) from 33 days a year to 38.

The board did approve the additional five days.

When Lang was hired, his starting salary was $125,000.

Adjustments to Lang’s compensation were voted on without discussion.

None of the board members addressed results of Lang’s annual five-page performance evaluation.

Findings of Lang’s job performance list his strengths as:

He is a self-starter who sets high personal standards and pursues goals with a high-level of drive and energy;

Being a person of integrity;

Establishes clear vision and direction for the organization;

Demonstrates thorough knowledge and understanding of hospital management and operations;

Assures that facilities and equipment are suitable for the institution’s immediate and long-range goals;

Assures the hospital is in accordance with applicable standards, codes, laws and regulations;

And, develops with the board goals and objectives consistent with the hospital’s strategic plan.

“Overall, it’s an outstanding evaluation for our CEO. I think he’d be the first to say he doesn’t do it all,” says Zitnak. “There are a lot of people behind him that help.”

Some areas recommended Lang needs to improve on include:

Community involvement;

Willingness to listen to diverse views;

Maintaining a work style which is open to constructive suggestions;

And, developing programs promoting a positive image of the hospital and creating awareness of available services to the local community.