Report on UMMS board dealings reignites community frustrations

A report on board governance at Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical System has left many local leaders frustrated and skeptical, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun.

The report, published earlier this week, is the result of a UMMS-funded review of the board, conducted by Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Nygren Consulting. The report found the board didn't properly perform due diligence on contracts related to board members' companies. As such, Nygren found "varying degrees of potential conflicts of interest" between nine board members and the health system.

Seven board members resigned this year after The Baltimore Sun uncovered conflicts of interest. Four directors went on voluntary leave, but will be reinstated, the board announced June 12. 

In The Baltimore Sun's latest report, several state lawmakers voiced ongoing frustrations with the board. State Sen. Bill Ferguson, D-Baltimore, called the 41-page Nygren report "sobering and infuriating," while state Sen. Jill Carter, D-Baltimore, took issue with the four board members returning from leave, which she felt "violates the spirit" of reform.

UMMS will also undergo a state audit under a new law passed his year.

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