U of Maryland Medical System board names interim leadership, 11 new members after upheaval  

Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical System appointed interim board leadership June 12 while Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan began lining up appointees in the first wave of overhaul after a widespread conflict-of-interest scandal, according to The Baltimore Sun.

UMMS' board elected James "Chip" DiPaula Jr. to serve as chairman of the board and Judge Alexander Williams Jr. to serve as vice chairman from July 1 to Jan. 1, according to a press release. Under a new law passed this year, the board will be entirely refreshed by Jan. 1, 2020. Earlier this year, seven members resigned and four went on voluntary leave after The Baltimore Sun revealed many board members' companies profited off contracts with the health system.

The four directors on leaves of absence will return to the board: Francis Kelly, August Chiasera, Walter Tilley Jr. and James Soltesz.

Mr. Hogan also announced 11 new appointments to the board, The Baltimore Sun reports. The new law requires the governor to appoint or reappoint all the members of the UMMS board by the end of the year. Here are the new appointees:

  • Elisa Basnight, senior vice president of supply chain, American Red Cross  
  • Kathleen Birrane, attorney, DLA Piper
  • Joseph Ciotola, MD, health officer of Queen Anne's County, medical director of Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services
  • Matthew Clark, chief of staff, office of the governor
  • Wanda Queen Draper, former director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African-American History and Culture
  • Jason Frankl, senior managing director, FTI Consulting
  • Glenn Harrell, retired senior judge, Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Joyce Johnson, DO, former director of health, U.S. Coast Guard  
  • Bonnie Phipps, senior vice president and group operating executive, Ascension Health
  • Joseph T.N. Suarez, director, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • John Williams, chairman and CEO, Jamison Door Company  


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