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Nurses at 2 hospitals vote no confidence in CEO

October 21, 2008
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Registered nurses at Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester have taken a vote of no confidence in the chief executive of the two institutions, Stephen R. Laverty. Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association said in a petition that Laverty created a "punitive organizational culture that continues to be characterized by oppressive management practices" at Northeast Health Corp., the hospitals’ parent organization. Marie Freeman, who is grievance chair for nurses at Beverly Hospital, said there were about 200 votes expressing a lack of confidence in Laverty and only two supporting the hospital administration. In a statement, Northeast spokesman Chip Payson said, "We do not believe that the MNA’s expressed point of view is consistent with the facts or the sentiment of the broader nursing workforce." (Jeffrey Krasner)