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AG Raps BIDMC Execs, Board for Levy's Lapses

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

The AG's report is sure to reignite debate over whether Levy—who until the complaint was made public, was an outspoken proponent of hospital transparency—should remain on the job. Hours after the AG's report was made public, the Massachusetts director of the National Organization for Women and the executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union 1199—which represents some BIDMC workers—said in a joint statement that they were "shocked by the facts in the report that demonstrate a clear pattern of governance failures by both the CEO and the board chairs."

"Many CEOs and board chairs in the private sector have been rightfully fired for much less. Taxpayers have a right to expect at least equal standards for public charities and for the executives of hospitals that receive millions in subsidies, and which is a key institution of the public trust," said SEIU's Veronica Turner, and NOW's Christina Knowles.

The two women said they would hold "emergency meetings on Thursday to determine what next steps we should take to ensure accountability for the many troubling facts and disturbing questions raised by this report."

The SEIU has been in conflict with BIDMC since before the Levy complaint and has been actively attempting to unionize in Boston teaching hospitals.

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