Breaking: Steward Confirms Bill Walczak Out At Carney

Bill Walczak
Bill Walczak

WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports:

Bill Walczak is leaving Carney Hospital after just over year as president of the struggling Dorchester institution. A spokesman for Steward Health Care Systems, which owns Carney, would not comment and Walczak has not returned calls. Walczak came to Carney from Codman Square Health Center, where he had been for 36 years.

Bill is best known for running Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester for 36 years and helping to turn it into one of the most innovative such centers in the country. He left early last year to become president of Carney and here's what we wrote at the time:

Bill says nothing could have dragged him away from Codman Square except the chance to help another Dorchester institution, and that he plans to reconnect the Carney to the community health centers in Dorchester. He wants the Carney to “reestablish itself in the Dorchester community as the essential community institution it is.”

Stay tuned not just tonight but in coming weeks. How will Bill Walczak try to turn the Carney around???

Now I'm staying tuned in a different way: What will Bill Walczak say about his time at Carney and what caused it to end? He's known for being outspoken; what will he say about Steward, which of late has been buying up hospitals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island? The Dorchester Reporter has the story here, but no additional answers at this point about what happened.

This program aired on April 13, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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