ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL — The 25 highest-paid hospital and health system employees in St. Louis earned a combined $82.9 million in the most recent fiscal year.

That's a 7.5% increase from last year's $77.2 million. As last year, many of the highest-paid executives worked at Ascension, a $23 billion national health system based in St. Louis. Ten of the 25 highest-paid employees were from Ascension, seven worked at SSM Health, four were from regional heavyweight BJC HealthCare and four were part of the Mercy health system.

Compensation data was drawn from the most recent available tax forms — for either fiscal 2017 or 2018 — filed by each health system or hospital. Of the 270 paid executives and highly-paid employees listed in the forms, average total compensation was $793,025. Median total compensation was $509,447.

The state of Illinois has granted Certificate of Need approval for a new, 34-bed acute rehabilitation hospital in Edwardsville. The hospital, a joint venture between regional health network Anderson Healthcare and national health care services provider Kindred Healthcare, will be part of Anderson's nascent Goshen Campus in Edwardsville.
This is the second installment in our "Public Paychecks" series. The series examines the top-earning people and professions in various industries and government agencies in St. Louis and Missouri. For a lucrative health care job, it pays to know something about business. We looked at public paycheck records for the 265 highest-paid employees at St.

Click here to see the full list on the St. Louis Business Journal.

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