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Catholic Health Association officer welcomes Obama speech, gave $10,000 to Democratic senators

Catholic World News - September 10, 2009

The president and CEO of one of the nation’s largest Catholic hospital chains welcomed President Barack Obama’s speech on health care reform.

“At CHW, we live everyday with the challenges President Obama outlined in his speech tonight-- we see the real life effects of our broken health care system,” said Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Catholic Healthcare West. Dean, who is also one of four officers of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, added, “The President has redefined the debate in a way that we can now bring a conclusion to this process. America needs a reform plan that controls costs and provides basic health care for the people in the country who don’t have it. Most importantly, we fervently agree that doing nothing is not an option.”

The remarks came in a press release made public at 9:00-- three minutes before the conclusion of the president’s address.

According to Federal Election Commission records, Mr. Dean made $10,000 in contributions to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee over a ten-day period this summer. In addition, he donated $250 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on June 15. An early supporter of Obama’s presidential campaign, Mr. Dean gave $2,300 to Obama for America in September 2007.

Catholic Healthcare West, California’s largest nonprofit hospital provider, has 41 hospitals, more than 10,000 physicians, and 53,000 employees. In an article examining the salaries of nonprofit hospital CEOs, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that “Catholic Healthcare West, a hospital system based in San Francisco, forgave a $782,541 housing loan it made to its CEO, Lloyd Dean. Counting the forgiven loan, Mr. Dean’s total accrued compensation in 2005 was $5.8 million. Catholic Healthcare West says his compensation reflects his skill in turning the hospital system around financially.”

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