U of Maryland Medical System board routinely lobbied execs to promote business interests, probe finds

A 34-page report on the probe of the Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical System board was recently made public and reveals that the longest-serving directors were also more likely to be engaged in conflicts of interest, according to a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer

Many of the board members found ways to get around term-limit bylaws that capped board service at two, five-year terms, according to the report. Many of these same board members often lobbied health system executives to promote their own businesses. 

For example, former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh served on the board for 17 years. She got the health system to sign on to a $500,000 book deal without reviewing her book. Former board member Robert Pevenstein, a director for 16 years, was "actively pursuing business opportunities with UMMS" for two companies he had a financial stake in, according to the report.

"Many of the longest-serving board members were also ones with the most significant conflicts of interest," the report read, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer

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