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Sarasota Memorial Hospital CEO Gwen MacKenzie received an early Christmas present. The hospital CEO got a $91,000 pay increase. Only one board member responsible for giving the pay increase objected to it.

According to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, "Dr. Thomas Kelly, a cardiovascular surgeon who has been on staff at the hospital for more than 25 years and who is also an elected board member, called the 15 percent increase excessive.

"It’s just excessive in this economy, in this state of national CEO pay questioning," Kelly said in an interview after the meeting.

In the wake of the national healthcare reform debate, the raise seems to be an odd response to providing more affordable care to more people.

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