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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Monday, July 9, 2007
On the blogs: Beth Israel CEO has some advice for Caritas Christi
On Running a Hospital, Paul Levy compares the troubles of the Caritas Christi Health Care system to the ones he faced when he took over at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It was January 2002 and Attorney General Tom Reilly was pushing to sell the hospital to a for-profit company. Levy says reorganizing the Beth Israel Deaconess board in relation to its parent Caregroup was key to its survival.
"The marvelous hospitals of the Caritas Christi system and the caring and thoughtful staff in those hospitals need to be governed by the communities they serve," Levy writes. "Local board members who are held accountable for their actions will have the business sense and the dedication to make the decisions needed to ensure that the faith-based mission of their institutions is successful."