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Friday, February 2, 2007

Beth Israel Deaconess COO leaving

Dr. Michael F. Epstein, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is leaving the hospital after five years.

Before coming to Beth Israel to work with CEO Paul Levy on a recovery plan for the then financially troubled hospital, he was a neonatologist and later COO and chief medical officer at Children's Hospital Boston.

The goals of the recovery plan have been achieved with Beth Israel's return to financial stability, he said in a memo to employees. His resignation will be effective May 1.

"There is no other position or job offer that would have lured me away from BIDMC," he wrote. "But the celebration of my 60th birthday a little over a year ago reminded me that there are important connections to family members and friends to nurture, places to visit, books to read, gardens to plant, and marathons to run, and since that birthday, the clock seems to be running a bit more rapidly. So, while the work continues to be exciting and engaging, I have decided it is now time to move on."

Epstein is "a terrific person," Levy said. "I was incredibly lucky to have him with us."
with us.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 09:05 AM
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