Beth Israel Chief Resigns

By Jess Bidgood

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Jan. 7, 2010

BOSTON — The chief of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of Boston's largest hospitals, is stepping down.

Paul Levy announced Friday morning that he'll resign his position as CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

Levy ran the hospital for nine years -- a tenure marred by last year's controversy over a relationship Levy allegedly had with a subordinate. The relationship was investigated by Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Levy was fined $50,000 by the hospital's board of trustees.

In a statement posted on Levy's blog, Levy said he had made the decision after taking a biking trip through Africa. He said he was looking for new personal challenges, and had concluded his role at the hospital had "run its course."

"While I remain strongly committed to the fight for patient quality and safety, worker-led process improvement, and transparency, our organization needs a fresh perspective to reach new heights in these arenas," Levy wrote.

He made a vague reference to last year's controversy.

"Over the last nine years, I have certainly made mistakes of degree, emphasis, and judgment," Levy wrote. "I have apologized to you directly for some of those, but I do so again, in the hope that such errors will not overshadow the many accomplishments and contributions of our hospital to the community and the health care industry."

Levy said he will work with the hospital's chair to work out a transition period.

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