Levy's departure was cheered in some quarters. Veronica Turner, executive vice president of Service Employees International Union, Local 1199, the largest healthcare union in Massachusetts, said in a statement issued by SEIU that Levy's resignation was overdue.
"When we called for Paul Levy's resignation, it was because under his leadership, there were serious issues of care; cuts to services; and misuse of funds entrusted to BIDMC as a public charity," Turner said. "Paul Levy also engaged in conduct that deprived workers of their fundamental rights and evidenced disrespect of women. The caregivers of BIDMC work hard to deliver quality care and they deserve a CEO who will live up to the values of this venerable institution. Levy has made the right choice to heed our call to resign and should leave without any additional compensation from BIDMC."
Some workers at BIDMC have been campaigning to join Local 1199, but do not yet have a vote scheduled.