Ex-state senator gives up seat on U of Maryland Medical board after scandal

A former state senator resigned from the University of Maryland Medical System's board after it came to light that his insurance company benefited from contracts with the Baltimore-based health system, according to The Washington Post.

Francis X. Kelly Jr. said in a June 14 resignation letter to the board's chairman that it "has been a tremendous honor for me to have served on the UMMS Board for nearly 35 years, under six different Governors. I have decided it is time to move on, and allow someone else the fantastic opportunity of serving."

In the letter, Mr. Kelly said his two sons also are vacating their UMMS-affiliated board positions. All three took voluntary leaves of absence in April following investigations into UMMS' contracts with businesses affiliated with board members, according to The Washington Post.

Mr. Kelly's resignation comes despite the fact the UMMS board voted to ask him and three other members on leave to rejoin the board after an outside probe of the deals pitted most of the blame with former UMMS CEO Robert Chrencik. Mr. Chrencik resigned in April.

The outside probe looked at various financial relationships, including a $500,000 book deal former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had with the medical system while she was a member of its board of directors. UMMS has had multimillion-dollar transactions with Mr. Kelly's insurance company, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, since at least 2005, according to The Washington Post.

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