Former hospital CEO to get more than $1M payout after losing job following Caribbean vacation
2021-01-11 from thestar.com
Dr. Tom Stewart will get a payout as high as $1.1 million after losing his job as CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System over a Caribbean vacation.
“For the staff and the community it feels like a slap in the face,” said Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition.
Stewart took a family trip to his private home in the Dominican Republic while on vacation from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5. On Jan. 7, he lost the job of leading the massive health system that includes hospitals, long-term care homes and home care in Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Guelph and Brantford.
St. Joseph’s and Stewart “parted ways on a without-cause basis,” board chair Sister Anne Anderson said in a statement Monday evening. “His requested vacation was board approved. All terms of Dr. Stewart’s contract will be upheld.”
It’s not clear if the board approved Stewart’s international travel. His contract entitles him to 24 months’ pay over 24 months.
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