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Officials: Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital won’t discuss Norman Goodman (DS)

By Kyle Alspach
Posted Jun 10, 2009 @ 02:54 AM
Last update Jun 10, 2009 @ 07:24 AM

BROCKTON — With a new interim leader for Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital chosen Tuesday, hospital officials said they plan to withhold details about what led to the resignation of Norman B. Goodman.

Goodman, who had been the hospital’s president and chief executive officer since 1990, resigned on Saturday after the hospital began investigating allegations of “inappropriate behavior” against him.
Hospital officials have declined to answer questions about the nature of the allegations, whether an independent investigation ordered by the board of trustees is continuing, and whether he received severance pay.

On Tuesday — in a statement announcing that Eugene C. Wallace has been chosen as the hospital’s interim president and CEO — hospital spokeswoman Karen Blomquist said the questions about Goodman will not be answered.


“The board of trustees also indicated that with the resignation of former CEO Norman B. Goodman, it has placed the difficult matters it has had to confront behind it and is moving forward,” the statement reads. “No further information about this subject will be provided.”

On Saturday, Goodman had said in a statement he was resigning to spare the hospital from “further distraction.” Goodman hasn’t returned messages seeking comment since The Enterprise first reported he was on a leave of absence last week amid the allegations.

With roughly 1,800 employees, the hospital is Brockton’s largest private employer and the largest hospital in the Brockton area.

Wallace, a Newton resident, most recently worked as chief financial officer for Atrius Health, the parent company of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and four other physician group practices in eastern Massachusetts, according to the statement Tuesday.

Wallace left the organization in December, said spokeswoman Michal Regunberg.

Wallace was also formerly the senior vice president and CFO of the CareGroup Health Care System, and before that was CFO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to the statement from Blomquist.

Wallace was chosen by the executive committee of the hospital’s board of trustees Tuesday morning, according to an e-mail sent to trustees by chairwoman Patricia Roland, and obtained by The Enterprise. Roland could not be reached for comment Tuesday.