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By adamg - 11/30/10 - 7:24 am

Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy discovers that sign, sign, everywhere a sign works well in songs, but not so well on hospital walls.

By adamg - 11/8/10 - 10:51 am

Last week, Paul Levy, CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, cited some work by the staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital to reduce the number of falls patients take in the hospital. Today, he notes his own staff have taken a different approach to the problem. And then he looks at a map of where the two hospitals are and wonders:

By adamg - 10/7/10 - 10:30 am

Cora Sharma talks to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's chief information architect about why the hospital is sticking with browsers even as doctors and other staffers increasingly call up data on smartphones and tablets. For one thing, browers are browsers - there's no need to constantly reinvent the wheel as new devices and operating systems come on the market - he says.

By adamg - 9/29/10 - 8:12 am

Jonathan Potts reports that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is finding it a lot easier to build up its patient count through fluffy features in the local media now that local newsrooms have mostly gotten rid of dedicated health reporters.

By adamg - 9/1/10 - 7:22 pm

The state Attorney General's office says the $50,000 fine levied by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's board of directors against CEO Paul Levy was punishment enough. But the AG's office, which found no abuse of hospital funds, also criticized the directors for not putting a stop to the relationship earlier, even though some board members might have known about it as early as 2003:

By adamg - 8/3/10 - 9:28 am

No, not the "bags fly free" part, at least, not directly. Paul Levy, CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, writes hospital staff he was struck by the differences in the way Southwest and American Airlines handle luggage - and the passengers who own it - and began to wonder if Southwest had the right idea by giving passengers more of a say in the way they fly:

By adamg - 8/1/10 - 8:38 pm

Alert New England reports a man with a knife apparently went after a security guard at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center shortly before 6 p.m., then barricaded himself in the basement at the hospital's Brookline Avenue facility. However, by 7:30 the man had managed to flee and was last spotted heading toward the Fenway. Police unleashed the hounds in pursuit.

By adamg - 5/15/10 - 10:04 am

Look for Levy interviews in local media through next week as he goes public and says he won't resign as CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He links to three interviews so far; the Herald has the most details on the woman in question and her role at Beth Israel (more specifically, its Needham hospital).

By adamg - 5/3/10 - 6:27 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the board of trustees at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has censured CEO Paul Levy over that inappropriate relationship with an underling and fined him $50,000. Also, one trustee resigned, although he wouldn't say why.'

Levy posts his apology.

By adamg - 4/26/10 - 10:46 pm

Exactly what, we don't know, but the "lapses of judgment in a personal relationship" were serious enough to warrant a daylong meeting of the hospital's board of trustees, at which Paul Levy apologized, the Herald reports. The Globe also reports.

By adamg - 3/2/10 - 8:42 am

Beth Israel Deaconess CIO John Halamka explains how the hospital spends $1 million a year protecting its network and records.

By adamg - 2/23/10 - 5:53 pm

An assistant in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Ear, Nose and Throat department will plead guilty to diverting $1.05 million to his own account over three years, the US Attorney's office announced today.

Federal prosecutors allege Richard Webb, 42, supplemented his salary by:

[S]tealing checks others had written to the department for services and goods, and also by obtaining fraudulent refunds for hearing aids and other items. To carry out the scheme, Webb allegedly forged signatures and deposited stolen funds into bank accounts that he controlled.

By adamg - 2/11/10 - 9:45 am

Paul Levy, CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess (and, yes, a Charlie Baker backer), explains why Deval Patrick's attempt to regulate health-insurance premiums will fail because it ignores the monopolistic overhead charged by archrival Partners HealthCare - a factor Coakley noted in a report released just two weeks ago.

By adamg - 1/16/10 - 12:45 pm

Paul Levy lists efforts at Beth Israel Deaconess.

By adamg - 12/16/09 - 9:01 am

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO made news this spring when he sought employee help in making cuts to reduce the number of layoffs. Now, he reports, he asked the staff what to do should hospital finances continue to improve. Based on their advice, and if the upward trends continue, the hospital will restore pay increases on April 1.

By adamg - 12/10/09 - 9:34 am

Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy posts an exchange of e-mails among surgeons over a new requirement that they complete an online training module brought in after a surgeon operated on the wrong side of a patient last year. However, he omits the name of the surgeon who thinks he would never make a mistake like that and that the training is just a waste of his time.

By adamg - 10/30/09 - 5:45 pm

Here's what happens when you let people who use scalpels and other sharp implements on a daily basis near pumpkins.

By adamg - 9/29/09 - 8:13 am

From Beth Israel, which staffed the medical tents for Hub on Wheels:

By adamg - 9/1/09 - 8:43 am

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is replacing bottled water with tap water in pitchers for meetings:

By adamg - 8/14/09 - 9:59 am

Jim Hurst, chief of surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center details an extensive surgical procedure and recovery (and relapse and more recovery) in the unit he normally oversees.

... The next setback came on April 14. Pam McColl removed my sutures and uttered that word no one likes to hear, "Hmmm." I hate that word. ...

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