As a member of the American Hospital Association, I usually enjoy reading your spin on AHA activities. However, the Aug. 25 story on Richard Davidson's compensation ("AHA's million-dollar man," p. 2) was irresponsible in terms of the language used.
Two examples: You explained that Davidson had received a lump-sum payment that should have been paid to him over five years as part of his contract. Later in the story you say this payment represents "the third time . . . a top AHA executive has received a windfall." This was not a windfall. It was not something that was unexpected. Second, you said Davidson received a 1.8% pay raise, meager by anyone's estimation. Later in the article you make reference to other AHA executives getting hefty raises "as well," implying Davidson got a hefty raise.
I think your zeal for telling on the AHA got a bit out of hand in this story. Be responsible. Don't be the Enquirer.
Dan C. Coleman
President, chief executive officer
John C. Lincoln Health Network, Phoenix