2012-04-06 / Top Stories

Levine Seeks $427K From PHC Bankruptcy

By Howard Schwach


Former PHC CEO Bob Levine, right accepts a check for the hospital presented by local attorney Joe Mure. With them is a PHC doctor. Former PHC CEO Bob Levine, right accepts a check for the hospital presented by local attorney Joe Mure. With them is a PHC doctor. The metamorphosis of Robert Levine, the former CEO of Peninsula Hospital Center, from beloved community leader to community villain has been swift and startling.

While once Levine was the man who got achievement awards from local organizations and who appeared at every local affair, Levine, who is now the CEO at Flushing Hospital Center, is thought of by many as the man who killed Peninsula Hospital Center.

Those who claim that Levine is guilty of “hospitalcide” point to the fact that, during his watch, PHC terminated its affiliation with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital to go with MediSys, worked with MediSys to close PHC last summer and now works once again for MediSys in the healthcare giant’s Flushing Hospital.

“He drove PHC into the ground,” said one local who asked not to be identified. “And then he left.”

Now, Levine has filed a claim with the Federal Bankruptcy Court in the amount of $420,610.95 for what he says is money owed to him by the hospital when he left in September of last year.

The claim was filed in October of last year and is one of many claims being considered by the court and trustee Lori Lapin Jones.

The money is listed on court papers as being due him for “Termination of Contract,” even though the hospital announced at the time that Levine had resigned his position.

Shortly after leaving PHC, Levine was hired by MediSys to run its Flushing Hospital, what to many looked like a payoff for dumping PHC in the trashcan in order for MediSys to get the money it was owed by the local hospital.

Levine was not available for comment on this story.

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