University of South Alabama President Gordon Moulton wants to give academic employees a 3 percent bonus in December and a 3 percent raise in October of next year, according to an email he sent out this week.
But no such bonus or raise is expected for the university’s hospital employees, which has sparked several to call or email the Press-Register saying they believe this is not fair.
Moulton wrote in the email that health care providers throughout the country are experiencing "remarkable financial pressures" that have led to budget cuts, job losses and even closures of hospitals. And he said the implementation of new federal health care requirements have raised questions over how hospitals will be funded in the future.
“At this time, USA’s highest priorities in the Hospitals and Clinics Division are to protect existing jobs and meet the unique health care needs of the Gulf Coast region by preserving the scope of its health care programs," Moulton wrote. "I truly regret that financial conditions and external uncertainties do not permit the University to provide a salary increase in the Hospitals and Clinics Division at this time without creating excessive financial risk for the USA Health System."