Boutros has denied the allegations and said the board authorized the bonuses.
In the first lawsuit against MetroHealth, he accused the board of violating the state of Ohio’s Open Meetings Act and board bylaws in the hiring of Steed and the investigation of his compensation.
He filed a second lawsuit against MetroHealth on Dec. 15, 2022, claiming defamation of character, wrongful termination and breach of contract.
Messages to Boutros’ attorneys were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.
A spokesperson for MetroHealth said in an email that the filing speaks for itself and that the system wishes Boutros a speedy return to health.
Steed, who took over as CEO at the beginning of 2023, came to MetroHealth from Sinai Chicago. In a Q&A with Crain’s Cleveland earlier this year, she said it was unfortunate for anyone to come into a new position at a time of crisis, but that she hoped to shift the spotlight away from the negativity surrounding the health system.
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“MetroHealth is all about the people and all about the community,” Steed told Crain’s in January. “And that's where I want to turn the spotlight back on. So, I don't want to get distracted by the negative. That's not fair to the organization. That's not fair to the people that are serving this organization every single day, making that level of investment. And it's certainly not fair to the people that we're serving.”
This story first appeared in Crain's Cleveland Business.