U of Maryland Medical System board gets 4 governor-approved members after scandal

New appointees were named to the board of Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical System following a scandal involving financial ties between UMMS and several of its former board members, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan appointed four members to UMMS' board of directors, making a majority of the 26-member board new. Named to the board were the president of a local engineering and construction firm, a municipal finance analyst, a GOP donor, and the president and CEO of a local technology company.

The governor-appointed replacements were required under a new state law mandating all appointed board members step down by the end of 2019 and be replaced or reappointed by Mr. Hogan.

The law came after The Baltimore Sun revealed in March that a third of UMMS' 30 board members or their companies had financial ties with the health system. Some of the arrangements were not competitively bid, including one involving resigned Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Her sole-source book deal arrangement with UMMS made her hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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