Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is an application of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research firm unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.. AJC: Hospital execs pay out raises eyebrows In other news, The Boston World reports that Quincy Hospital has declared bankruptcy just days after its trustees approved a deal for the facility to be acquired by Steward HEALTHCARE System. Atlanta Journal Constitution: Medical center CEO Pay Offers Some Ill At Ease Hospitals over the region are reducing staff, elected officials are thinking about slashing Medicaid and Medicare funding and medical expenses are driving a growing quantity of Georgians into bankruptcy.These levels had been unrelated to elevated cortisol levels, despite an inverse correlation with bile acids . Discussion In our study, elevated cortisol levels in critically ill patients were only partially explained by a rise of 83 percent in cortisol production, as compared with controls. Since corticotropin levels were paradoxically low in the patients, a pituitary-independent system was suggested. We showed that impaired cortisol clearance contributed to hypercortisolemia, as recommended by studies conducted in the 1950s prior to the introduction of ICUs. Elevated levels and creation of cortisol in individuals being treated in the ICU must reflect a continuing stimulus to cortisol secretion. In the current presence of low corticotropin levels, improved sensitivity to corticotropin might play a role.