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Thursday
Dec022010

Boston Magazine Examines Paul Levy’s Troublesome Track Record at BIDMC

What the Paul Levy saga says about the city’s most powerful institutions.

Boston Magazine’s Eileen McNamara documents Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy’s recent scandal involving a subordinate and his track record with women in the workplace in her piece, “The Getaway.”
Click here to read the full article in Boston Magazine.

WBUR's CommonHealth Blog: Must-Read: Eileen McNamara Savages Paul Levy In Boston Magazine

"In a piece titled “The Getaway,” The Pulitzer-Prize-winning former Globe columnist verbally tars and feathers Paul Levy, the chief of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She not only digs up new details about his “inappropriate relationship” with a young subordinate; she portrays the whole affair and how it was handled as symptomatic of the back-scratching cronyism endemic to leadership circles in this incestuous town. Don’t take my word for it — it’s really worth a full read here."

Click here to read the complete compendium of press coverage regarding the Levy Scandal.

Tuesday
Sep282010

In the Wake of Scandal, Pressure Mounts on BIDMC Board to Fire Paul Levy 

1199SEIU and others have called on the Board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to fire CEO Paul Levy.  Click here to read the full article on 1199seiu.org.  

 The health workers say Levy is no longer fit to lead  BIDMC,  after the release of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's report describing how the CEOs “continued, repeated and acknowledged failure to appreciate and address”  a situation  involving his inappropriate relationship with a subordinate employee. That failure, said the Attorney General, may have fostered a perception “within the workforce that personal relationships trump professional qualifications” at the renowned Harvard teaching hospital.  "It is now clear the entire board should have been informed and taken action years before the lodging of the Complaint,” said Coakley.  

At the same time, BIDMC had as few as three women members amongst the Board of 15 and currently counts only one woman among the chiefs of its 14 major clinical departments. Two women chiefs have left under Levy’s tenure, and one, Dr. Carol Warfield [Click for press coverage], filed a gender discrimination lawsuit naming Levy, alleging that she was forced to endure “sexist rants and demeaning conduct… and the insistence on the part of the Hospital’s CEO that she tolerate such misconduct as part of the price of being Chief.” The hospital expended significant resources to defend Levy, fighting unsuccessfully against Warfield’s right to sue for discrimination all the way to Massachusetts’ highest court in an attempt to deny her and other employees their civil rights and the full protection of anti-discrimination laws.

Protestors: Hang Paul Levy out to dry


September 26, 2010
Mad Men of Boston (Joan Vennochi)
September 2, 2010  AG urges Beth Israel to rethink CEO’s fitness
May 19, 2010 Attitudes at altitudes
May 9, 2010  How not to run a hospital

September 9, 2010 Pressure mounts on Beth Israel board to fire Levy

September 7, 2010 Executives Gone Wild: Paying the Price for Personal Conduct

Wednesday
Jul212010

BIDMC board negligence hurts women and workers

For years, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy has branded himself as a hospital chief raising the bar for transparency.  Recently, reports have surfaced about the use of hospital resources to fund a series of jobs and promotions for a female employee with whom he admitted to having an “inappropriate relationship”.  News is now emerging about Levy’s role in her subsequent hiring at MIT, where Levy is also a board member. The MIT hiring occurred after she received a large severance package from BIDMC; once Levy decided she was creating a “distraction” at the hospital.

Read the complete compendium of press coverage regarding the Paul Levy scandal at BIDMC:

October 9, 2010: 9 Notorious Healthcare Executives Why he's on the list: Levy admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate after an anonymous whistleblower sent a letter to the hospital board. While reviews found that the woman's salary never exceeded her job grade, she was the only non-physician director to receive a bonus in all four of the years reviewed. What's more, both positions she held while at BIDMC and BI-Needham were newly created for her and ended when she left. "[I] exercised poor judgment," he wrote in an email to his staff. "I now also write to apologize to you for any discredit this brings upon our hospital and the excellent work you do here."

September 26, 2010: Joan Vennochi : ‘Mad Men’ sexism in Boston Over at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a prestigious teaching hospital, the retro atmosphere is more genteel. You can almost hear the ice tinkling in the martini pitcher, as then-married CEO Paul Levy hires and promotes a young woman with whom he had an “inappropriate relationship.’’ When the situation makes other managers uncomfortable, the woman is shuffled off to another position, where she is the only non-physician director to receive a bonus during lean times. A review by the state attorney general — which was requested by the hospital board — documents that board members knew about the situation involving Levy and the woman for years, but looked the other way.

September 24, 2010: Pickets urge hospital to oust Levy as CEO Protesters demonstrated outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston last night, calling for the removal of Paul Levy as chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The protesters — from the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women and 1199SEIU, a local heath care workers union — picketed outside the hotel, which was hosting the annual meeting of Beth Israel’s board of directors. A report by state Attorney General Martha Coakley criticized Levy for having an inappropriate personal relationship with a female subordinate. The report said the relationship “clearly endangered the reputation of the institution and its management.’’

September 24, 2010: Christine McConville: Protesters demand: Leave Paul Levy out to dry Rowdy protesters called for the ouster of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy as hospital board members met inside the swanky Four Seasons Hotel, while the board chairman issued a statement supporting him….Afterward, Beth Israel spokeswoman Judy Glasser called the meeting "largely ceremonial and celebratory." Some new trustees were named, and some employees were honored for their work, she said.

September 24, 2010: Fenway News Online (Blog): Protesters demand: Leave Paul Levy out to dry  Rowdy protesters called for the ouster of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy as hospital board members met inside the swanky Four Seasons Hotel, while the board chairman issued a statement supporting him.

September 24, 2010: Around the web: Protesters demand: Leave Paul Levy out to dry

September 23, 2010: Greater Boston TV with Emily Rooney, Paul Levy Under Fire The Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women is joining with the state’s largest healthcare workers union to call for the firing of Paul Levy, the C.E.O of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

September 23, 2010: Rachel Fields: Massachusetts’ National Organization of Women and SEIU Chapters Call for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to Fire CEO, Becker’s Hospital Review The Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women and the state Service Employees International Union will demonstrate against Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy at the Boston hospital's annual meeting today, according to a NOW news release.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center responded to the planned demonstration by acknowledging SEIU's history of campaigning against the hospital in the hopes of promoting unionization. The hospital spokesman said BIDMC is "baffled" by NOW's involvement in the demonstration considering BIDMC's history as a welcoming community for women, as well as LGBT community members and other minorities.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy Blog September 23, 2010: Removal of Boston Hospital Chief Sought by Labor Union A women's group and a labor union representing health-care workers are stepping up pressure on trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, to fire its chief executive, Paul Levy, following a damaging report by the Massachusetts attorney general, The Boston Globe reports. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women and the 1199SEIU plan to demonstrate outside a board meeting on Thursday evening. They have also bought print, television, radio, and billboard advertisements.

September 23, 2010 12:14pm: WBZ-CBS Boston-Manchester Here’s something that might catch your eye I today’s Globe. The National Organization of Women has taken out this full-page ad calling for the ouster of Beth Israel’s Paul Levy. He was fined for having a relationship with a female colleague. The National Organization of Women says he is no longer fit to lead the hospital.
Boston Health News, BIDMC responds to SEIU, NOW anti-Levy campaign

Boston Health News, Union, feminists, Murphys: Dropkick Paul Levy

September 22, 2010: Elizabeth Cooney: Mass. NOW, health care union campaign for Levy’s ouster The Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women and the state’s largest healthcare workers union have bought print, television, radio, and billboard advertisements urging trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to fire chief executive Paul Levy. Mass. Now and 1199SEIU also plan to demonstrate outside the board's annual meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston.
The groups are calling for the board ''to stand against patterns of inequity within the medical center.'' The media campaign incorporates 19th century photographs of the women who helped found the hospital, and read in part ''In 1896, the Deaconess hospital was founded by women. In 2010, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center needs a new CEO to ensure equality for women at work.''
Kay sent a memo to hospital officials and executives late today saying that the SEIU has mounted a corporate campaign against the hospital and the Board, in the hope that ''we will adopt procedures that would make it easier for them to unionize the hospital.'' As for NOW, he said, ''we admit to being somewhat baffled by their involvement in this crusade against BIDMC and Paul, given that their organizational ideals are so closely aligned with BIDMC's reputation and Paul's track record.''

TheBostonChannel.com, WCVB-ABC Boston, September 22, 2010: Women’s Group: Hospital CEO Not Fit To Lead, Campaign Calls For Paul Levy’s Resignation There's a new ad campaign by one of the nation's most powerful women's group to get the chief executive officer of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ousted.
"The recent investigation by the attorney general revealed facts showing CEO Paul Levy is no longer fit to lead this historic institution," the television ad says.
"Paul Levy needs to resign or be let go. There's really nothing else I think can restore the integrity of the hospital short of that," said Christina Knowles, of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization of Women.

September 22, 2010: Notes from Dr. RW Blog: The Paul Levy controversy is about to heat up---again It's hard to form opinions without more information about what really happened, but as this plays out on the national stage there may be forthcoming lessons regarding accountability of hospital CEOs.

September 20: 2010: Staff and wire reports The National Organization for Women’s Massachusetts chapter and health-care workers union SEIU Local 1199 launched a media campaign calling for the ouster of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy, over his “inappropriate relationship” with a former female subordinate. The appeal via newspapers, TV, radio and billboards precedes Thursday’s hospital board meeting.

September 12, 2010: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Pols and Politics with Dave Wedge

September 11, 2010: Thomas Grillo: Boston attorney: Paul Levy unlikely to be fired “There is an institutional bias among boards of trustees to defend management,” said Ellen Messing, a partner at Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky. “There’s a mentality that the board is there to raise money and deal with grand policy matters, not to determine whether something inappropriate is going on.”
Messing said the atmosphere in workplaces when an employee has been given favored treatment because of a relationship with a superior is demoralizing.
“It sends a message that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, how smart you are, or how much you contribute,” she said. “It sends a message that they work in an organization without rules and everyone can do whatever they want without consequences.”

September 11, 2010: New England Digest: Executive s dismissal sought
BOSTON The National Organization for Women and a union representing health care workers are calling for the chief executive at one of Boston’s top teaching hospitals to be fired for a personal relationship he had with a female subordinate.
NOW and the Service Employees International Union are calling for the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to oust Paul Levy at its Sept. 23 meeting.
The two groups said in a statement that by allowing Levy to stay on, the hospital is aiding and abetting Levy in his creation of a hostile and inequitable work environment for women at Beth Israel.
Levy was fined $50,000 for what the board called a serious lapse in judgment.

September 10, 2010: Union, NOW seek hospital chief’s ouster “If the BIDMC board fails to take further action – specifically by asking for the resignation of CEO Paul Levy – then it is aiding and abetting Levy in his creation of a hostile and inequitable work environment for women at the hospital,'' the groups said. "...They are indicating that a single executive is more important than the legacy and working environment of the hospital itself.''

September 10, 2010: Thomas Grillo: NOW: Time for Paul Levy to go: Women’s group, union tell Beth Israel board to oust CEO Cleared by the state attorney general of misusing funds, Hub hospital honcho Paul Levy is now feeling heat from the nation’s most powerful women’s group, which is demanding that his board sack him over his controversial relationship with a former female subordinate.
“We’re very concerned that the board knew about this and failed to take action,” Christina Knowles, Bay State director of the National Organization for Women, told the Herald. “A slap on the wrist is highly inadequate, and being terminated is the most appropriate action. Anything less is unacceptable.”
ON THE HOT SEAT: Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has come under renewed fire for an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with a former subordinate.

September 10, 2010: Mass Round Up: Levy targeted by NOW The National Organization for Women is pressuring Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to remove CEO Paul Levy over a romantic relationship with a female subordinate, the Boston Herald reports.
The hospital's board fined Levy $50,000 in May for “a serious lapse in judgment” regarding his “personal relationship with a former employee,” the Herald notes.

NOW Calls for the Resignation of Paul Levy: WRKO News Brief WRKO-AM Radio 680 Boston 09/10/10 3-4 PM

September 10, 2010: NOW, union, seek hospital exec’s dismissal NOW and the Service Employees International Union are calling for the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to oust Paul Levy at its Sept. 23 meeting.

September 10, 2010: NOW, union, seek hospital exec’s dismissal
 
September 10, 2010: NOW, union, seek Boston hospital exec’s dismissal NOW and the Service Employees International Union are calling for the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to oust Paul levy at its Sept. 23 meeting. The two groups said in a statement that by allowing Levy to stay on, the hospital is "aiding and abetting Levy in his creation of a hostile and inequitable work environment for women" at Beth Israel.

News Center 5 September 10, 2010, 5:00am, 6:00AM ET: Eye Opener WCVB-ABC Boston-Manchester A hub hospital CEO is now under fire from one of the nation’s most powerful women’s groups. The National Organization for Women is demanding that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center fire Paul Levy. The hospital’s board of directors has fined him $50,000 for a controversial relationship with a former female subordinate. He was cleared by the Attorney general in this case. No comment this morning from the hospital or Levy himself.

September 10, 2010 06:30-07:00 PM: SEIU Local 1199 - Calls for Resignation of Paul Levy


September 9, 2010: Sandra Yin: Pressure mounts on Beth Israel board to fire Levy The Massachusetts chapter of National Organization for Women and 1199SEIU are ratcheting up pressure on Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy to resign.
The NOW/1199SEIU press release also refers to other patterns of inequity at BIDMC. During the period in which some were aware of the personal relationship between the CEO and a subordinate, BIDMC had as few as three female members on its board of 15. Now only one woman heads up one of its 14 major clinical departments.
Calls for Levy's resignation are not the only thing he has to contend with. Another would be a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by former chief of anesthesiology, Dr. Carol Warfield, that names both Levy and BIDMC. It alleges that she was forced to endure "sexist rants and demeaning conduct...and the insistence on the part of the hospital's CEO that she tolerate such misconduct as part of the price of being chief." A call to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was not returned by press time.

September 7, 2010: Carey Goldberg: ‘Acrimonious Fight’ To Unionize Hospital Workers? In case you missed it: On Labor Day, WBUR’s Bob Oakes spoke with Veronica Turner about efforts to unionize service, technical and clerical workers at the big Harvard teaching hospitals. Turner is executive vice president of local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union in Boston.
Oakes asked if Turner expects an “acrimonious fight” at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Turner replied that “as long as he [CEO Paul Levy] is leading that facility, I believe that it will be a fight.”

September 7, 2010: Beth Israel – A Case Study in Board Governance and AG Oversight, Nonprofit Law Prof Blog The Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley released results of a four-month investigation by her office of the actions of the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in response to an anonymous complaint alleging Chief Executive Paul Levy's inappropriate relationship with a former female employee. In an eleven-page letter, the attorney general's office ultimately concluded that the hospital did not misappropriate charitable funds in compensating the former employee and further found that the board "responded and acted consistent with its fiduciary obligations" in conducting its investigation.

September 7, 2010: AG’s Office Completes Review of Beth Israel Deaconess Board “The personal relationship between the CEO and the employee, which continued throughout her tenure despite repeated expressions of concern by senior staff and certain board members, clearly damaged his reputation and, of greater concern, endangered the reputation of the institution and its management. As such his continued, repeated and acknowledged failure to appreciate and address the situation merited, if not compelled, disciplinary action by the board.”

September 7, 2010: John Commins: Executives Gone Wild: Paying the Price for Personal Conduct  “Does it reflect flaws in the culture of accountability in their hospitals? Do some healthcare CEOs and other top executives surround themselves with people who tell them only what they want to hear? In the investigation of Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy, for example, the Massachusetts attorney general suggested that board members were too deferential to his considerable talents to pursue questions about his personal relationship with a subordinate. 
Once again, we come to the teachable moment. These executives gone wild provide an excellent comparison to examine senior executive accountability at your hospital. Can your subordinates raise concerns about questionable behavior from their bosses including you—without fear of retaliation?
A top-to-bottom culture of transparency and personal and professional accountability should be fostered, encouraged, and led by example from the top. It's a great way to stay out of the headlines.”

September 4, 2010: Coakley Signs off on Hospital CEO’s $50K Fine

September 5, 2010: This Week in Business, Mike Nikitas and Peter Howe (brief comments regarding Paul Levy at 2:14 of video) Martha Coakley calls a $50,000 fine for CEO Paul Levy "sufficient."

September 3, 2010: John Carroll: It’s Good To Live in A Two-daily Town (Coakley/Levy Edition), Campaign Outsider (Blog) Thursday’s Boston Globe ran a Page One story about the outcome of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s investigation into the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s kid-glove handling of its General Hospital-style drama – chief executive Paul Levy’s sweetheart hiring and raising and bonusing of his girlfriend.

September 3, 2010: Mark Navin: Week In Review: Earl, Unemployment, Governor’s Race, WBUR The AG's office criticized the board for not addressing the situation sooner, since at least some board members had known about the relationship for years. And now at least one union thinks Levy wasn't punished heavily enough.

September 2, 2010: Liz Kowalczyk: AG urges Beth Israel to rethink CEO’s fitness, Swift action found lacking on Levy Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said yesterday that the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center should do “some soul-searching’’ about chief executive Paul Levy’s ability to continue leading the hospital, after her office concluded that his longtime personal relationship with a female employee “clearly endangered the reputation of the institution and its management.’’

September 2, 2010: Christine McConville, NOW, union blast Levy, Beth Israel board According to the report, Levy hired his female former Massachusetts Institute of Technology student - whose name was omitted from the report - in 2002 soon after securing his job at Beth Israel. That year, as the hospital shed more than 500 jobs, Levy created a new, $52,000-a-year “special assistant to the president” post for the woman.
In the next seven years, her pay doubled to $104,000. She was the medical center’s only non-physician employee to receive a performance bonus four years in a row.
This occurred even as more longtime Beth Israel workers lost their jobs, and others had their wages reduced. Many of those workers are members of SEIU Local 1199, the group that denounced Levy and the board.

September 2, 2010: John Commins: AG Raps BIDMC Execs, Board for Levy’s Lapses The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has chastised the executive leadership and the board of directors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for years of inaction before addressing CEO Paul Levy's inappropriate personal relationship with an employee.

September 2, 2010: Sandra Yin: BIDMC Leadership ripped for inaction against Levy  The full board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) failed to stand up to CEO Paul Levy after complaints first surfaced in 2003-04 about his improper relationship with a subordinate, according to an 11-page letter released Wednesday by the Massachusetts attorney general's office. It's likely that deference to a successful CEO, who is widely perceived as having rescued BIDMC, may have impaired board independence, the letter notes.

September 2, 2010: Elizabeth Cooney: Today’s Globe, White Coat Notes Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said yesterday that the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center should do “some soul-searching’’ about chief executive Paul Levy’s ability to continue leading the hospital, after her office concluded that his longtime personal relationship with a female employee “clearly endangered the reputation of the institution and its management.’’

September 2, 2010: Rachel Fields: Massachusetts Attorney General’s Report Criticizes Beth Israel Deaconess Board for Allowing CEO’s Inappropriate Relationship to Continue

September 2, 2010: Mass. Attorney General Urges Hospital to Reconsider CEO Decision The board at the Boston-area Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center should do “some soul-searching” about retaining Paul Levy as chief executive officer after he admitted to having had a longtime personal relationship with a female subordinate, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley told The Boston Globe.

Biedak Law Blog September 2, 2010: Massachusetts Hospital Board Chastised for Lack of Oversight The unfortunate case of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its still CEO, Paul Levy, led to the State's Attorney General lashing out at the non-profit's Board of Trustees.
 
September 2, 2010, 11:12am, 10:12am, 9:12am
The State Attorney General urges Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital to rethink its treatment of embattled chief executive Paul Levy.

September 2, 2010, 5:00am, 6:00am
The Attorney general says Beth Israel Deaconess could have done a better job involving an improper relationship with a SQO there. They fined Paul Levy for an affair he had with a female employee. The hospital’s internal investigation found board members knew of his conduct as early as 2003. Martha Coakley says the medical center could have controlled the public relations damage by acting earlier.

September 1, 2010: Liz Kowalczyk: AG concludes review of Levy case "The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office said today that a personal relationship between Paul Levy, chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and a female employee "clearly endangered the reputation of the institution and its management," and it found that "his continued, repeated and acknowledged failure to appreciate and address the situation merited, if not compelled, disciplinary action" by the hospital's board.”

September 1, 2010: Christine McConville: NOW, union blast Levy, Beth Israel board "The National Organization for Women and a local chapter of Service Employees International Union have denounced Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Chief Executive Paul Levy for an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate and the hospital’s board of directors for its response to the matter.
This behavior is unacceptable, inexcusable and endangered the hospital’s mission and reputation,” the two groups said in a joint press release issued just a few hours after Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley released an 11-page report that details her office’s review of the recent scandal at the Boston hospital.”

September 1, 2010: Mass Attorney General Says Fine “Sufficient” For Hospital CEO “Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is calling “sufficient” a decision by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to fine its chief executive officer Paul Levy $50,000 for having a personal relationship with a female former employee.”

September 1, 2010: Carey Goldberg: AG Backs Hospital on Handling of Chief’s Relationship "Attorney General Martha Coakley has just released an 11-page letter to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center assessing the hospital’s handling of allegations that its popular chief, Dr. Paul Levy, had an inappropriate romantic relationship with an employee, The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe have just reported. It’s a dry letter, but this section struck me as poignant:”
“Neither the record nor Mr. Levy dispute that he (i) failed to separate a professional and personal relationship with an employee of the Medical Center and BI- Needham that spanned many years and was known throughout these institutions; (ii) was alerted on numerous occasions by staff and Board chairs that he needed to take action to end either the personal relationship or the employment relationship; and (iii) failed to heed those warnings.
While the Division cannot measure the impact of these failures, the public attention, exposure and criticism which inevitably took place most certainly had a negative impact on the institution. Internally such actions may also have negative repercussions. Lines of authority and responsibility can become blurred. Decisions may become suspect and subject to differing interpretations.”

September 1, 2010: James M. Connolly: AG: Beth Israel Board OK in keeping Levy While the report didn’t fault the BIDMC board for its actions, it did question the timing of its actions, noting that some board members and senior managers had been aware of Levy’s relationship with the employee as early as 2003 or 2004.

September 1, 2010: Adam Gaffin: State: Hospital directors waited too long to do something about CEO’s relationship with employee But the AG's office, which found no abuse of hospital funds, also criticized the directors for not putting a stop to the relationship earlier, even though some board members might have known about it as early as 2003.

September 1, 2010: James M. Connolly: AG: Levy’s actions endangered BIDMC’s reputation “The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has concluded that while the actions of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy endangered the hospital’s reputation, the hospital board of directors didn’t violate their fiduciary responsibilities in their decision to retain him.”

September 1, 2010: Gideon Gil (White Coat Notes), AG concludes review of Levy case The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office said today that a personal relationship between Paul Levy, chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and a female employee "clearly endangered the reputation of the institution and its management," and it found that "his continued, repeated and acknowledged failure to appreciate and address the situation merited, if not compelled, disciplinary action" by the hospital's board.

September 3, 2010: John Keller’s Blog: Coakley: Beth Israel CEO’s Fine “Sufficient”
BOSTON (AP) ― Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is calling "sufficient" a decision by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to fine its chief executive officer Paul Levy $50,000 for having a personal relationship with a former female employee. Coakley said top officials and board members were aware of the relationship as early at 2003 and damage to the hospital's reputation could have been limited if action had been taken earlier.

News Center 5 Eye Opener WCVB-ABC Boston-Manchester, September 1, 2010 11:14pm
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO fined for having improper relationship with an employee.

Newsweek July 22, 2010: CEO’s Behaving Badly Apparently, Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (a large research hospital in Boston), didn’t get the memo about Stonecipher or Agee because he hired and gave promotions to a woman whom he considered “a very good friend.” When asked in an interview to clarify that statement, he said, “I’d rather not” (we’d rather he not, too). And neither he nor the hospital would give more information about the incident, but the hospital board did issue a statement expressing it was "disappointed" in Levy’s “lapse of judgment in a personal relationship,” and eventually slapped Levy with a $50,000 fine.

June 25, 2010: Emily Rooney: Greater Boston/Beat the Press
[On Boston Med TV show]: Bill Keller - The ratings will be even better next year, when there will be episodes featuring Paul Levy, the back story.

June 13, 2010: Margery Eagan: Like men, this lady pol has a healthy drive If the boys can carouse and survive, why not the girls?
Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, San Francisco mayors Gavin Newsom and Willie Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Nevada Sen. John Ensign, Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, the Kennedys, Beth Israel’s Paul Levy.

June 12, 2010: Loose Lips "The board appropriately conducted a review of my tenure here and found an instance in which I exercised poor judgment. I agree that the board's conclusion is accurate, and I have apologized to them."
-Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in an e-mail to employees at the Boston hospital, apologizing for an unspecified transgression.

 May 30, 2010: Joan Vennochi: A season of scandal, and everyone turns to Coakley In recent press interviews, Levy announced that over the years, three hospital board chairs warned him about the distraction of his longtime close relationship with a female employee whom he recruited for a job that reported directly to him. He ignored their advice, for reasons he said he can’t explain. For reasons they haven’t explained, board members did nothing until an anonymous letter created a crisis management situation and a spurt of unseemly headlines about Levy. When the board finally called for an investigation, it was done by a lawyer who is also a hospital trustee.
Do board members really need the state’s top law enforcement official to point out the obvious about this situation? But since they asked, Coakley’s office should do a thorough job of reviewing, under oath, who knew what when.

 May 24, 2010: Adrian Walker: A long path back to trust

 

 May 21, 2010: Emily Rooney: Beat the Press [Provides an overview of coverage and events to date]
“Because if there’s sex and romance involved, it means that the staff is legitimately concerned about favoritism and of course that’s going to be the case, so for him to hold that one piece of information off...” – Emily Rooney
“The real questions now are for the board and the board members, who are supposed to have oversight... What did they know, when did they know it, what did they approve about a severance package or a six figure job? Did they step in? Were they concerned at all about the relationship of a superior with a subordinate? These are questions that the board needs to answer.” – Joe Sciacca, Boston Herald
“Is the $50,000 restitution for something that he took or that someone else took that he shouldn’t have? Is this for misbehavior or is this restoring something to the hospital that is theirs?” – Kara Miller, MetroWest Daily News  

  May 19-26, 2010: Sexclusivethon

 May 19, 2010: Brian McGrory: Attitudes at altitudes Fortunately, the state attorney general has stepped in to pursue the financial issues that the hospital’s board of directors failed to publicly address…
Yet, forty-five minutes with him provided an extraordinary view into so much of what’s wrong with life in the city’s higher altitudes, where macho favor-trading, undue influence, and complicit governing boards are the way of the day…
Good start, but he offered a figurative shrug to questions about whether a woman who was fired because of her relationship with the boss was deserving of $30,000 in severance pay…
That’s not the only thing that seems improbable. Levy told the Globe’s Liz Kowalczyk last week that three consecutive heads of the board of directors approached him about rumors of an improper relationship. Yet, the board didn’t take action until it received anonymous correspondence about Levy.
This is how business seems to get done. And this is why the attorney general’s review is so critical to the public trust.

 May 18, 2010: Emily Rooney: Greater Boston ER: If the Board knew about this, and they have admitted that they did, for quite some time, why did they fine you now? …
ER: You this week resigned from the audit board [of MIT]? Was it as a direct relationship to this?
PL: I realized in the last several days that there might be questions raised about that and so I thought it was prudent to resign from the audit committee because the audit committee has special supervisory obligations.
ER: Did you ask the board if they wanted you to resign?
PL: No… I trust their judgment. They’re the fiduciaries for the organization.
ER: Is this a crusade by any group, perhaps a union group?
PL: I'm really not prepared to talk about that at all. I think the issue right now is my actions, not how other people around town or around the country might feel about it or take advantage of it.

  May 18, 2010: Paul Levy, Running A Hospital After ‘Serious Lapse In Judgment’ MC: For year, senior staff and board members at the hospital had warned you… Do you understand those reasons [for ignoring years of warnings] better now?
PL: I think what was going on… and I want to say this with some immodesty, I was doing a pretty good job. And the hospital had gone from being in deep trouble to being very successful financially... when these points were raised with me… I said why does that matter?

May 17, 2010: Hospital CEO Seeks Trust After 'Mistake': Levy Won't Say If Relationship Was Sexual

May 17, 2010: The Ole Harvard Attitude So anyway, hey Paul Levy, you have to go. This P.R. campaign you have running now is not working. I know what your [sic] thinking, "Hey I'm Paul Levy, everyone knows how good and ethical and capable I am. Why would I lie? If these people are rational thinkers they would want me to stay. So let me just go and talk to everybody and once they hear me and my magic I'll have no problem."
Sorry Paul. Not this time. BTW Paul, have you written a check yet to The Half Man George Regan to see you through this? I suggest your time is better spent speaking with a professional head hunter.

May 17, 2010: Mass. Attorney General to Review Hospital Board’s Handling of Ethics Case

Campaign Outsider - May 16, 2010: When The (Paul) Levy Breaks

May 16, 2010: ThisWeekInBusiness Some would say she [Coakley] should have stepped up sooner into this... The board doesn't look good, Levy doesn’t look good... and hopefully [Coakley] will make her report public, unlike what the board has done, they've really acted irresponsibly on this. - Frank Quaratiello, Boston Herald
I think what's really interesting... is the dissention on the board… It seems like the board members who won kept Levy in place and just fined him... they brought in the AG ... they're trying to make amends to the board members who are upset. - Shirley Leung, Boston Globe

May 15, 2010: Levy cancels his speech at Salem graduation

 May 15, 2010: Beth Israel CEO Sorry For 'Lapse Of Judgment'
Keller: "Is this a platonic friend?"
Levy: "This is a very good friend."
Keller: "Can you clarify that?"
Levy: "I'd rather not."  …
Keller: "Did you ever misuse public funds?"
Levy: "I don't feel that there was a misuse of public funds or that I misused public funds because she's a qualified person who did quality work and there was nothing unusual about her salary history or anything of that sort."

May 15, 2010: Levy ignored warnings to end relationship: Hospital chief apologizes for ‘worst mistake,’ but has no plans to resign During the nearly eight years she worked at the hospital, Levy said, three board chairs, including Carl Sloane and Lois Silverman and current chairman Stephen Kay, and several senior managers told him rumors were circulating about the relationship and employees were upset.

May 15, 2010: Paul Levy has financial ties to Attorney General: Beth Israel execs gave Martha Coakley campaign cash

Paul Levy investigation timeline

Medical center chief will not step down The CEO also admitted the woman reported directly to him for roughly her first two years at Beth Israel. She later transferred to the hospital’s Needham branch, eventually rising to a roughly $100,000-a-year job as chief of staff there.
And when Beth Israel eliminated the woman’s position and laid her off in November, the hospital gave her a $29,531 severance package.


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May 14, 2010: Coakley To Review Beth Israel CEO's Fine How could a savvy CEO who once ran the Mass Water Resources Authority, an agency often criticized for patronage hirings be so oblivious to cronyism in this case?

May 14, 2010: Beth Israel's decision on Levy faces AG review

May 14, 2010: Levy admits lapse by hiring ‘close personal friend’

May 14, 2010: Case not closed on Beth Israel's Levy after all; another Massachusetts exec gets jail time It turns out that the matter of the now infamous Boston CEO's "improper relationship" with a former Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center employee is not "closed" after all, recent reports in the local papers suggest.
Not only have two BIDMC board members--Patrick Ryan and Chester Black--left their posts since Levy was punished with just a $50,000 fine, but now the hospital has asked Attorney General Martha Coakley to review the appropriateness of the board's response to Levy's indiscretions originally brought to light by an anonymous letter.
Specifically at issue is whether favoritism played a role in the woman's various job appointments, including as a special assistant to Levy and a management position at the Harvard teaching hospital, as well as the severance package she received when leaving the cash-strapped hospital.

May 14, 2010: Letter-writer makes colorful call for action

May 13, 2010: Second opinion on Paul Levy: AG Martha Coakley to review Beth Israel’s investigation of CEO

 May 13, 2010: AG to examine hospital board's handling of lapse by CEO Levy
Transparency And Consequences At Beth Israel: Nonprofit must disclose financial details
Nonprofit hospitals can lose their tax-exempt status for giving away their assets to “insiders’’ or to others who receive money so as to constitute too much in the way of private benefit.
The Beth Israel Deaconess board has a fiduciary responsibility to see that this does not happen, so only a fine that is equal to or greater than the severance paid to this individual would make this public charity whole and not at risk for loss of its tax-exempt status under these circumstances.
Until we know the severance amount, the mystery surrounding the situation and the threat to Beth Israel Deaconess remains. -Dr. Paul A. Hattis, Tufts University Medical School

May 10, 2010: Levy's Cautionary Tale: Don't Call for Transparency When Your Windows Are Dirty Could you blame any employee at Beth Israel Deaconess for being just a wee bite [sic] skeptical the next time Levy talks about the hospital's values, its openness, or its healing mission?
Levy can never again make the call for transparency and openness in healthcare with the same authority and not run the risk of ridicule. If he isn't more specific about the nature of his lapses, such as what–for example—prompted him to pay a $50,000 fine, he should probably abandon the whole "transparency" argument. Hand it off to someone who is more transparent. It's an important issue and the case must continue to be made.
Now, when Levy talks openness, it's no less true, but it's not believable.

May 9, 2010: Joan Vennochi: How not to run a hospital But, questions abound. What was the woman’s salary? How much was her severance package? Isn’t this abuse of power by a top executive who casts himself as a leader in the health, business, and political community? If it is, why is he still a top executive?
How did Beth Israel executives justify the subordinate’s position, given the hospital’s well-publicized financial problems and the hundreds of millions it receives in federal money? If the inappropriate relationship between Levy and the employee were the open secret some people describe it as, how many of Levy’s colleagues knew about it and why did they ignore it?
Levy, whose blog about running a hospital is a nationally acclaimed cry for corporate transparency, is anything but transparent when it comes to questions about his own on-the-job behavior….
Strip away the gauze and this is what the world sees: an arrogant CEO who intentionally put the reputation of his institution at risk to support the advancement of a female subordinate with whom he had a personal relationship. The truth hurts. Levy’s credibility as a moralizer is gone, even if he isn’t.

May 7, 2010: Brian McGrory: Clarity due from hospital The public doesn’t know whether Levy misspent hospital money or not. The chairman of the hospital’s board of directors, Stephen Kay, issued a statement this week saying the board was fining Levy $50,000 for having a “personal relationship’’ that “created an improper appearance, but “did not violate hospital policy.’’ He’s taken no questions. He concluded his statement by saying that he now “considers this matter closed.’’…
These fragments beg for questions to be answered. How sizable was the severance package? Why did she leave the hospital? Why was she hired? Was she qualified for the new management position? What role did Levy play? …
The state attorney general, who oversees nonprofits, has been briefed by the hospital, but has taken no action. When I called hospital spokeswoman Judy Glasser, she said, “I understand your questions, but what the board has said publicly is that they had outside counsel look at everything and report it to the board, and the board has acted on that. They believe that it’s done.’’ …
Blame the board, which is doing Levy no favors. If he did nothing wrong with hospital money, much of which is public money, then release the salary history of the subordinate, her qualifications, her severance, and Levy’s role — while shading her identity. If he acted improperly, that’s a different conversation…

May 7, 2010: One more speaker bites the dust at Salem State

May 6, 2010: Beth Israel trustee quits in flap over Levy Scandal-scarred Beth Israel  Deaconess Medical Center has lost another supporter. Health-care entrepreneur Chester Black resigned from the hospital’s 55-member board of trustees Tuesday …… Beth Israel employees, who have had their wages reduced and benefits cut, are clamoring to know about when the directors learned of Levy’s workplace relationship and if they knew the woman received severance pay when leaving the cash-strapped hospital… [Spokeswoman Judy Glasser said] “as a matter of course, the Board would not review any individual severance package.”

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May 5, 2010: Apologetic Beth Israel CEO Levy pays $50,000 fine, bows out of graduation speech

May 5, 2010: Levy cancels commencement speech

May 5, 2010: Embattled Paul Levy bows out of graduation speech Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Chief Executive Paul Levy has backed out of a commitment to speak at Salem State College’s upcoming commencement ceremony, citing recent news coverage of his conduct.

May 04, 2010: Boston's Beth Israel CEO Paul Levy Fined $50K

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May 4, 2010: Beth Israel CEO Fined For 'Lapse Of Judgement'

May 4, 2010: Boston hospital CEO fined for relationship with former employee

May 4, 2010: Levy is fined $50,000 for lapses in judgment: Hospital board cites relationship Hospital spokeswoman Judy Glasser said the decision to fine Levy was nearly unanimous, the exception being board member Patrick Ryan. Ryan resigned yesterday, apparently in protest that the board did not take tougher action against Levy...
Yesterday, Glasser said the $50,000 is not connected to the woman’s severance pay, but is “just an expression of their disappointment.”...
She said some board members recently received a second anonymous letter containing additional allegations, but that the board’s lawyer investigated these charges and determined they are untrue. The outside counsel is Robert Sherman, a hospital trustee; trustees advise the board.

May 4, 2010: Beth Israel boss fined: Women’s group calls Paul Levy’s $50G penalty ‘slap on the wrist’ Beth Israel chief Paul Levy, cited over his personal relationship with a former subordinate, failed to mention the scandal at a conference of medical professionals, instead blaming media attention on a union flap... Christina Knowles, the state director for the National Organization for Women, called the $50,000 fine “a slap on the wrist.” “We are a little concerned that there are not more serious ramifications,” she said.

May 4, 2010:“Bottled-up rage over water” Now Paul Levy is non-transparency man running Beth Israel. He’s up to his neck in the “lapse of judgment” rumor mill.

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David Gebler blog, May 3, 2010: The Fragility of Transparency Even if Mr. Levy’s actions did not violate the hospital’s code of conduct, he would be well advised to be sensitive the divisiveness that can be caused by a perception of a double standard. Inconsistency is one of the most caustic negative values an organization can face in its current culture.

Greater Boston (Emily Rooney), May 3, 2010:  “BIDMC CEO Paul Levy fined"
“We don’t have any idea what the offense actually is, and that’s the biggest part of the problem.” – Dan Pallota, Harvard Business Review Online
“I think the board of directors needs to look at – the impact here is not necessarily to the code violation, it’s did he impact the brand as a reputation for the hospital?” – David Gebler, Skout Group [Business ethics]

Commonhealth/WBUR Blog , May 3, 2010: Beth Israel’s Levy Fined $50K For Judgement Lapse In Relationship But for an administrator who has been such an aggressive advocate of transparency in medicine, Levy’s apology today is anything but. Now that he’s said sorry, and the matter appears to be resolved, will we soon read a post about what, actually, happened? I suspect Mr. Levy’s loyal readers would like to know.

May 3, 2010: Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Fined $50K for Improper ‘Personal Relationship'

May 3, 2010: Beth Israel Deaconess CEO fined $50,000 for 'error in judgment' Globe White Coat Notes

May 3, 2010: Beth Israel Deaconess board member quits

May 3, 2010 NewsCenter 5 at 6, WCVB-ABC BOSTON, May 3, 2010 6:00PM: Beth Israel CEO to Keep Job, Pay Fine: Levy Admits To ‘Lapse In Judgment’

May 3, 2010: Beth Israel board fines CEO Paul Levy $50G for ‘lapse’
Beth Israel board meets to discuss Levy

May 3, 2010: Beth Israel board keeps Levy, loses member

“Beth Israel board meeting now,” Boston Herald Blogs, May 3, 2010 http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/news/running_after_levy/index.php/2010/05/03/beth-israel-board-meeting-now/

May 3, 2010: Beth Israel meets over CEO's conduct

May 3, 2010: “Financial or sexual? Or both?”

May 1, 2010: Was Levy Shtuping the help?  Paul Levy has been not been having a good week. For the last two years he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars intimidating workers, bullying them into not forming a union; practically demanding that they they [sic] should trust him to look out for their affairs; and this happens… Is it any surprise that a man who uses his power to keep employees from banding together for their own benefit, would use his power inappropriately with a female subordinate?  

May 1, 2010: Paul Levy won’t break silence: Beth Israel chief bars reporter from Ohio conference  “Beth Israel chief Paul Levy - ducking questions about a mysterious personal transgression cited by the hospital board - preached ‘transparency’ from the podium at an Ohio conference yesterday - but scrambled to keep a Herald reporter outside and urged the audience not to speak with her.”
 
Blogs: Running After Paul Levy

WGBH 89.7 FM Radio Boston, April 30th, 2010 12-1 PM: The Emily Rooney Show
“I mean, this is a huge hospital conflict, millions of dollars, hundreds and hundreds of employees. Number one: did this relationship create a situation where she was getting favorable treatment? The specter of that was raised in terms of these jobs that she was given; she’s got a couple of promotions, she was moved along. Did the relationship force her to leave? Why did she have to leave? Why didn’t he leave? There are unresolved questions.” --Emily Rooney
“But with this situation, I don’t care, the nature of their relationship. What I care about is, like, was this woman kind of bought off, and if there’s a problem with that they need to figure that out internally and honestly do so, and if that’s an issue, then they need to deal with him how is appropriate,”-- Mary Ellen Burns
 
April 30, 2010: Emily Rooney: Beat the Press “The press needs to dig in and find out. And I feel like we've given him a pass…  It's a taxpayer subsidized hospital when you get right down to it, it doesn’t pay taxes…”  

April 30, 2010: Financial Penalties for BIDMC CEO Paul Levy Don't Undo Damage
Philip Betbeze
“I don't even want to get into the problems with the way the hospital and Levy have handled this disclosure … I'm not sure whether Paul Levy can continue his run of success at the hospital. ... How does one calculate the losses that Beth Israel faces in terms of developing teamwork among its clinicians and staff? How does it calculate the perceived loss of political capital from Levy's personal missteps? What happens the next time its CEO is confronted with a tough decision about layoffs? … Like attempting to place a dollar value on a reputation, those losses are incalculable, and paying them back is next to impossible.”

April 30, 2010: Improper’ personal relationship could force Paul Levy's resignation as Beth Israel's CEO “At best, Paul Levy, CEO of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will have to pay financial penalties after admitting he had an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate, the Boston Globe reports. At worst, he could be forced to step down.”

April 29, 2010: Charlie Baker mum on pal Paul Levy’s mysterious peccadillo

April 28, 2010: Beth Israel board calls emergency meeting to discuss CEO Paul Levy
[Print Only] April 28, 2010: Beth Israel mum on CEO’s ‘lapses'
“Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center slammed a cone of silence around its chief executive yesterday…”

Howie Carr Show, WRKO 680 AM Radio Boston, April 28th, 2010 6-7 PM
At the board’s meeting – this is the Beth Israel board meeting Monday – according to sources, members also discussed the appropriateness of the various jobs the woman held, including as a ‘special’ assistant to Levy.

April 28, 2010: Beth Israel's Transparency-Touting Levy Apologizes for Doing Something to Someone When and if Levy addresses the situation in public, it will be too little, too late.”

April 28, 2010:  Board may make Levy repay hospital over lapse in judgment “The board, which held an emergency meeting Monday, discussed requiring Levy to repay the hospital for a severance package that was given to the woman when she left her job last year at Beth Israel Deaconess-Needham, as well as withholding bonus money from him this year, said the sources.”


April 27, 2010: Some Say Beth Israel CEO Should Resign: Admits 'Poor Judgment' In Personal Relationship "A high-ranking source speaking on the condition of anonymity said, ‘There are members of the board of directors and the board of trustees, who, having had a day to digest this story, feel the right thing for Paul to do, in the best interest of the Beth Israel Community, would be for him to resign.’”

April 27, 2010: Beth Israel CEO admits to ‘lapses of judgment’

April 27, 2010: CEO Levy acknowledges lapse in judgment

April 27, 2010: “Hospital CEO Admits ‘Personal Lapses': Beth Israel Deaconess Board Expresses Disappointment in Levy

April 27, 2010: Hospital chief sorry for ‘poor judgment’: Board expresses confidence in him [BIDMC Board chair Stephen Kay said] Levy “did acknowledge lapses of judgment in a personal relationship, and the board is taking appropriate action.”

April 26, 2010: Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital CEO Paul Levy acknowledges ‘lapses of judgment

Levy ignored warnings to end relationship: Hospital chief apologizes for ‘worst mistake,’ but has no plans to resign