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AG Raps BIDMC Execs, Board for Levy's Lapses

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

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.

Investigators determined that while no laws had been broken, the reputation of the prestigious Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital had suffered a blow.

The 11-page report issued Wednesday by the AG's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division was requested by the BIDMC board, and focused on whether charitable funds were used inappropriately as a result of Levy's indiscretions, and whether the board acted appropriately in its handing of the matter.

In May, Levy was fined $50,000 and publicly reprimanded by the board after the anonymous complaint was made public.

Investigators found that no misuse of charitable funds related to the matter, and said the employee—a former chief of staff at Beth Israel Needham who was not named in the report—was qualified for the jobs she held, and received compensation that was consistent with the position and her experience.

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