Tim Curtis//December 23, 2019
//December 23, 2019
Gov. Larry Hogan has named eight more members to the board of directors of the University of Maryland Medical System following the scandal that led to wholesale governance changes for the board.
Included in Hogan’s appointments Monday were James “Chip” DiPaula and Alexander Williams, Jr., currently serving as the board’s interim chair and interim vice-chair, respectively.
DiPaula and Williams were voted as interim chair and interim vice chair of the board in June.
An overhaul of the medical system’s board was one of the requirements of a reform law passed by the legislature this year.
A reform law enacted by the General Assembly and Hogan this year required all members of the board – which can have up to 30 members — to resign by the end of the year, leaving the board with a roster of almost entirely new members.
The board’s actions in allowing its members to profit from business arrangements with the system came under scrutiny after revelations that former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had been paid $500,000 by the system for her “Healthy Holly” children’s books.
Reports released by the system have been critical of how the board allowed Pugh and other members to engage in these business dealings. One of those members, Robert Pevenstein, chaired the board’s audit and compliance committee and was able to rubber-stamp his own transactions with the system.
The scandal also led to an exodus of top leadership at UMMS, including the resignation of Chrencik, who was replaced last month by Mohan Suntha.
The new board members named Monday by Hogan include affiliate-nominated seats, seats on the board that represent the medical systems different affiliate hospitals and systems.
The members named Monday are: