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Executive compensation

2014 Novant Health Form 990

The following describes how executive leadership compensation is established at Novant Health, a not-for-profit organization. Listed below are the members of Novant Executive Team and the value of their 2014 compensation and benefits.

Our organization considers an employee's compensation personal and private; however, we also recognize the importance of transparency and public interest in how tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations establish compensation and benefits for its top leaders. Novant Health prepares and files annually a Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that discloses important financial information about the organization, including executive compensation and benefits. These annual information returns follow IRS rules and regulations, but they can be easily misinterpreted because of their complexity. We hope you find the summary on this page useful.

How executive compensation is established
  • The Novant Health Board of Trustees, which consists of community leaders from organizations and businesses, establishes executive compensation. Novant executives are not involved in determining their own compensation and benefits.
  • Because Novant is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization, its executive compensation must follow very specific checks and balances. Compensation must be considered "reasonable" and within an acceptable range compared to similar organizations. Executive compensation and benefits are established by comparing Novant Health to other similar health systems and organizations around the country that are comparable in size, complexity and reputation. The Board hires national, independent experts who guide trustees in this benchmarking process and help assure that compensation and benefits do not exceed fair market value.
  • Compensation is designed to be competitive and to help recruit and retain leaders. Novant establishes executive base salaries in the same way it establishes compensation for all employees, by using market data and comparing to similar jobs.
  • A significant part of executive compensation is based upon the performance of the organization and achieving goals that are challenging, balanced and focused on improving the services we provide to patients and communities. The executive team performs in the top quartile nationally. Novant's goals focus on the quality and safety of healthcare, improving the patient experience, transforming to an electronic health record, financial stewardship and providing community benefit.
  • In 2014, Novant Health provided more than $639 million in community benefit, including $135 million in direct charity care. Novant Health is a very complex organization with 25,000 employees, annual revenues of $3.7 billion, 14 medical centers and approximately 450 locations across four states which include physician clinics and outpatient centers. This complexity is taken into consideration by the compensation consultant and the Committee when establishing its peer group.
Novant Health System Executive Compensation
Executive Team
Novant Health System Executives
Title 2014 Base Salary Compensation 2014 Incentive Compensation 2014 Total Annual Compensation 2014 Other Compensation, such as Retirement Payments * or Severance Nontaxable Benefits such as life and health insurance, disability Accounting accruals for future retirement benefits which may not vest or be paid out
Carl Armato President & CEO Novant Health
1,194,881 919,738 2,114,619
Pete Brunstetter Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel Novant Health 442,116 45,000 487,116 30,649 28,904 131,098
Jesse Cureton Chief Consumer Officer Novant Health
573,683 472,173
27,268 32,889
Jacqueline Daniels Chief Administrative Officer Novant Health
565,283 518,631 1,083,914 42,107
Fred Hargett Chief Financial Officer Novant Health
565,120 1,274,044 268,795
34,113 58,080
Jeffery Lindsay
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President Novant Health
25,718 58,100
John Phipps, MD President Novant Health medical group & Executive Vice President Novant Health
459,024 377,219
36,772 35,610
Thomas Zweng, MD Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President Novant Health