Friday, May 07, 2010

Boston Globe to BIDMC regarding Paul Levy

---transparency, please:

To be very clear, no evidence has surfaced that Levy, financially speaking, did anything untoward. These are questions, not accusations. But when the CEO of a major Boston hospital has a relationship with a direct subordinate, who is transferred to a job with a better title before she departs with a severance package, it raises not just logical, but critical, questions. Left unanswered in a public setting, they are a cancer on the hospital’s leadership — and its reputation.

This, not Levy's personal life, is the issue. The extent it may have affected hospital operations and finances is as important for the public to know as is the hospital’s central line infection rate. BIDMC is fast distinguishing itself as a leader in selective transparency.

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