Franciscan Hospital CEO fired for suspicious billing practices

The board of the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston on Thursday fired CEO Paul DellaRocco without severance for violations of the hospital's billing policies, according to The Boston Globe.

"The board has become aware of actions that were inconsistent with our policies or not adequately documented," the hospital said in a statement. "We therefore determined that he was no longer an appropriate administrative leader for Franciscan Hospital."

DellaRocca inappropriately submitted and documented expenses, according to board chairman Robert Needham. DellaRocco disputes the accusation, according to the article.

"This type of behavior is clearly at odds with both our policies and our nonprofit mission,'' Needham said in the article. "We therefore took proactive steps to remove him from the position.''

Ending his 18-year tenure, DellaRocco was responsible for one of the country's largest hospitals for severely disabled children, an institution that struggled financially. Under his term, faced with state Medicaid reductions, the hospital witnessed layoffs of 10 percent of its workforce and a 2 to 3 percent pay cut for employees, according to the article.

Chief Operating Officer Donna Polselli will become interim CEO.

Earlier this year, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy resigned after an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate, according to the Boston Herald.

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