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Opinion: Healthy paychecks for Sutter Health bosses, nurses

San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 2011

When it comes to paychecks, there are some pretty hefty ones on both sides of the fight between health care giant Sutter Health and its hospital nurses. According to Sutter pay records, 20 nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Centers in Oakland and Berkeley pulled in between $200,000 and $291,000 last year, thanks in part to overtime - way above the $136,000 average pay for the centers' 1,800 nurses. What's more, of the highest-paid nurses, five received more than $100,000 apiece in stand-by pay - just to be on call. But if you want to see some really hefty paychecks, look at the ones going to Sutter Health execs. Records that the company filed with the Internal Revenue Service in 2009 show that 20 Sutter Health bosses were paid more than $1 million. Topping the list, at nearly $4 million, was company CEO Pat Fry.