For Immediate Release - August 29, 2011

Attorney General Martha Coakley Appoints New Non-Profit and Public Charities Division Chief

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley has appointed a new Chief to lead her office's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division. Mary Beckman, an attorney with extensive experience in healthcare law, has held senior leadership positions within state government and most recently at a major local hospital.

"Mary Beckman brings a stellar record of accomplishment and almost 20 years of legal experience at non-profits, government agencies and private law firms," said AG Coakley. "Her expertise will be critical to continuing the important work of this Division and ensuring that the public interest is protected through proper oversight and transparency."

Beckman, a Milton resident, is a graduate of Yale Law School and Dartmouth College. Most recently, Beckman was the Compliance Officer and an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at Children's Hospital in Boston where she specialized in conflict of interest issues, compliance with documentation and billing rules, and industry relations. From 1999-2002, Beckman served the Commonwealth as the Assistant Secretary for Health Policy, focusing on policy development and implementation as well as providing guidance with respect to potential hospital closures and nursing home receiverships. Beckman also served as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci. Prior to that service, she worked at Ropes & Gray as an associate specializing in health law .

The Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division oversees public charities, including major hospitals and health insurance organizations, to safeguard the public's interest in these organizations and to ensure the proper solicitation and use of charitable funds. The Division reviews annual public charity filings, works with organizations to address and cure potential violations, and, when necessary, conducts civil investigations and litigation to enforce the law. Recently, the Division has conducted reviews into health care organizations and transactions, including the purchase of the Caritas hospital chain by Steward as well as reviews of board oversight at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. As part of an effort to increase transparency, the Division has made all public charity filings available online. The AG's Office recently announced that it will also require more disclosure from public charities about executive compensation agreements and board member pay. The Division also reviews significant asset dispositions, changes in purposes of charitable funds, as well as proposed dissolutions by charitable corporations organized in Massachusetts.

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