The SEIU has been trying to organize Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who’s CEO Paul Levy’s most famous accomplishment is writing a blog called Running a Hospital. (What could be more worthy than that? Yes, we feature Paul’s posts on THCB fairly often because we think he’s really good).
In his writing about the SEIU Paul has been, as Eric Idle (or was it Graham Chapman) used to say, cruel but fair. He nominally is neutral on what his employees decide to do about unionization but it doesn’t take much reading between the lines to show what he really thinks about the SEIU and its campaign.
And now, while Paul is off luxuriating on the sunny climes of an English February, the SEIU is striking back—pointing out that BIDMC includes bad debt in its charity accounting and is therefore overstating the amount of charity care it gives out. This isn’t exactly a rarity amongst hospitals, but it’s not that often that the SEIU gets it reported in that collectivist organ known as The New York Times.