Top executives at Interior Health Authority collected $2 million in combined salary

KAMLOOPS - The retiring CEO of Interior Health topped the list of the authority’s highest earners last year.

More than $2 million went to the top seven executives at Interior Health, according to the authority’s fiscal documents for 2015.

Robert Halpenny, who retired at the end of October 2015, grossed more than $420,000 after his retirement allowance and unpaid vacation days were added. The incoming CEO, Chris Mazurkewich, started just before Halpenny left and took home around $147,000 last year.

The authority’s top medicine and quality executive, Dr. Jeremy Etherington, had the highest base salary and second highest earnings overall in 2015, receiving around $337,000. He retired this March.

The nine member board which guide the health authority, pulled in just under $173,000 altogether for the fiscal year ending March 2016, with board chair Erwin Malzer topping the list with almost $35,000 for his work.

The Interior Health Authority runs on an annual budget of around $2 billion, according to the most recent audit, with the Ministry of Health contributing more than 75 per cent of their revenue. The rest comes from a variety of sources ranging from parking to the Medical Services Plan.

- This story was changed on Aug. 20, 2016 to correct the spelling of Robert Halpenny's name.

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