A authorized battle between two tribal well being care powerhouses has led to revelations that the Alaska Native Tribal Well being Consortium board boosted its chairman’s pay to greater than $1 million — up from $122,000 two years earlier than.
The battle, performed out in a lawsuit filed in January by the Southcentral Basis, one other Native well being supplier, challenged the 2014 choice by a committee of the ANTHC board to authorize a pointy improve in compensation for ANTHC president and chairman Andy Teuber.
Teuber was already making greater than $500,000 working full-time for an additional nonprofit, the tribal well being supplier in Kodiak. He nonetheless holds each jobs.
In August, months after the preliminary lawsuit was introduced, Southcentral Basis stated in a courtroom submitting that Teuber had acquired an “outrageous compensation package deal.” Whereas the funds to Teuber weren’t disclosed in any public submitting within the lawsuit, his compensation appeared in a separate tax doc that ANTHC was required to make public as a nonprofit company. The tax doc was additionally filed in August.
The lawsuit additionally challenged funds to present and former board members — together with those that, Southcentral Basis asserted, approved Teuber’s increase. Southcentral Basis seeks a change in governance in ANTHC, not a return of cash paid to executives or board members.
The sizes of the funds to members of the ANTHC board additionally weren’t within the lawsuit. However the public tax doc recorded funds to 39 present and former members of its board of administrators in its tax yr ending Sept. 30, 2016.
5 administrators and a former director every collected greater than $249,000, not counting Teuber, who himself is a director. Seventeen present and former administrators acquired $30,000 or much less. The explanations for the variations in funds weren’t disclosed.
Southcentral Basis runs well being clinics in Anchorage and elsewhere in Alaska and, with ANTHC, shares authority for operating the Alaska Native Medical Middle — the well being care complicated on Tudor Street with a 167-mattress Native hospital, main care amenities and labs. The inspiration stated within the lawsuit that Teuber’s increase diverted scarce federal cash that ought to have been spent on well being look after Alaska Natives.
In response, the ANTHC board asserted in a ready assertion that Southcentral Basis’s allegations quantity to a “smokescreen.”
Southcentral Basis’s “actual aim” within the lawsuit, the ANTHC board stated, wasn’t to…