The first woman to lead the Boston Children’s Ophthalmology Department is the latest casualty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
A senior doctor who is also a board member of the Massachusetts Children’s Hospitals Association, Dr. Tamara R. Haines, was one of several prominent women to leave the hospital system after the deadly pandemic.
In March, she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to be the acting head of Boston Childrens Hospital’s Ophthemology Department.
A year later, in September, she stepped down as a commissioner.
She has been a member of Boston’s board of pediatricians since 2006.
Haines had been working as an emergency room physician at Boston Children, the state’s largest pediatric hospital.
She said she was fired from her position because of her activism.
She told the Boston Globe that she was “really hurt” by the dismissal.
“I was really hurt that the hospital had decided that it was time to fire me,” Hainess told the Globe.
The Boston Globe reported on Tuesday that the Ophtems head doctor, Drs.
David A. DeBella, and Dr. Michael C. Gershwin, also had been named interim director of Boston HealthCare Partners, which manages the hospital’s hospitals.
BHOP announced in March that it would lay off more than 3,500 workers, including doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel.
A hospital spokesman said Tuesday that Dr. Hains departure is “part of a plan to restructure and consolidate” the Boston Health care system.
It is unclear if Hainesses resignation is related to the reorganization.
Health officials have said that the death toll from the pandemic has surpassed 2,000 and that a national toll of about 9,000 people has been reported.
There are now nearly 100,000 Boston Children patients in intensive care units.
The state has been unable to determine the exact number of patients who are in intensive-care units.