- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Bonuses of $300,000 given to the CEO and other executives at University Medical Center in El Paso are coming under scrutiny after layoffs and claims the hospital was struggling economically.

The El Paso Times (https://bit.ly/1y5bxiO ) reported Sunday that UMC’s President and CEO Jim Valenti said the bonuses for 26 executives were deserved. Valenti’s bonus was about $120,000.

The hospital’s board of managers approved Valenti’s bonus because of contractual obligations. Valenti approved bonuses for others.

UMC board member Nick Gonzalez said Valenti and his staff earned their bonuses.

However, El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar thinks UMC officials and the hospital’s board don’t understand how bad it looks that executives are getting bonuses after laying 56 people off four months ago.

Valenti defended the layoffs as effective management.


Information from: El Paso Times, https://www.elpasotimes.com

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