Sonoma Valley Hospital board bumps CEO pay

Citing her exemplary record, the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board unanimously agreed to a 6 percent salary bump for Sonoma Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kelly Mather, bringing her total salary for the 2013 fiscal year to $298,061. Mather also earned a bonus of $24,534 for meeting specific incentive goals directed by the board.

“I’m delighted to let everyone know we are extremely satisfied with Kelly’s performance,” said Boardmember Jane Hirsch, during Thursday’s meeting of the board.

The board held two closed-session meetings to evaluate Mather’s performance and discuss compensation, which were not opened to the public because they pertained to personnel matters. Prior to those meetings, all five board members, along with nine members of the hospital’s leadership team, including Marin General Hospital Chief Executive Officer Lee Domanico and Medical Executive Team Chair Dr. Jerome Smith, took a 57-question survey that covered 20 categories related to job performance.

“It was an evaluation system Kelly (Mather) brought over from Sutter,” said board Chair Bill Boerum, explaining that Mather used to work as an administrator for Sutter Health. “She also did a self evaluation, so we had a lot of data to look at during our review.”

Boardmember Peter Hohorst said Mather earned “strong performance or higher” on a majority of questions, which led the board to agree on the pay raise. Additionally, they found that a salary of $298,061 brought Mather into market rate with CEOs at other district hospitals of a similar size and location, according to the Executive Compensation Report compiled for the California Hospital Association, the Hospital Council of Northern California and two other hospital associations in the state.

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