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Embattled Boston hospital CEO steps down

January 7, 2011

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BOSTON—The embattled chief executive of a top Boston teaching hospital who was fined $50,000 by the hospital's board for a relationship with a former female subordinate has announced plans to step down.

Paul Levy, chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for the past nine years, wrote in an e-mail to employees Friday that his decision has been several months in the making prompted by his recent 60th birthday as well as a recent biking trek through the Atlas Mountains of northern Africa.

Levy made only passing reference to last year's controversy and fine, writing that during his tenure he has made "mistakes of degree, emphasis, and judgment." He also cited up his accomplishments.

Levy said he is seeking "new challenges" and will work with the board for a smooth transition.