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Beth Israel's Levy Fined $50K For Judgement Lapse In Relationship

Paul Levy, the CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the chatty blogger who chronicles the ups and downs of hospital life, has been fined $50,OOO by the Hospital Board for showing "poor judgement" in engaging in a personal relationship with a former hospital employee that gave "an improper appearance and created a distraction in the hospital," according to a statement on Levy's blog today.

In a post entitled, "I was Wrong. I am Sorry," Levy admits to serious lapses in judgement, and says he agrees with the Board's findings. He adds:

Today I met with the Board, apologized to them again, and accepted their actions in resolving this matter. I regret that my behavior had such wide repercussions for the entire BIDMC community, and I will always feel sorry for any discredit I brought upon BIDMC. With the Board's vote, I look forward to putting this chapter behind us and working together in carrying out our public service mission.

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.

This program aired on May 3, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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