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Jan 9, 2023

UMMS Catholic hospital discriminated against transgender man, judge finds

The University of Maryland Medical System discriminated against a transgender man when it canceled his gender-affirming surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center because of the hospital’s adherence to Catholic health care rules, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow granted summary judgment in favor of the man, Jesse Hammons, in a  […]

May 4, 2022

Lawsuit over transgender man’s surgery puts spotlight on UMMS Catholic hospital

When St. Joseph Medical Center joined the University of Maryland Medical System in 2012, the hospital underwent an unusual transformation. The longtime Catholic hospital was no longer run by a religious institution. But it remained committed to Catholic principles, including church rules regarding medical procedures like abortion. It became, in the words of one scholar, […]

Apr 21, 2022

Solar farm coming to Baltimore in WeSolar, UMMS deal

WeSolar Inc. and the University of Maryland Medical System announced a partnership to develop a solar farm in Baltimore.

Oct 1, 2021

Over 95% of UMMS employees in compliance with vaccine mandate, officials say

The vast majority of University of Maryland Medical System staff members have come into compliance with the system’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements, the system reported Friday. According to the system’s vaccine mandate, employees were to be vaccinated or receive an exemption by Sept. 1. Officials said 98% of the system’s clinical staff and 96% of its […]

Sep 10, 2021

UMMS to implement $15 per hour minimum wage

The University of Maryland Medical System announced it will begin paying a new minimum wage of $15 per hour, giving a raise to about 1,500 employees.

May 27, 2021

UMMS donates $4.6M in COVID-19 equipment, supplies to southeast Asia

The University of Maryland Medical System is donating more than 200 pallets of lifesaving COVID-19 equipment and supplies valued at more than $4.6 million to countries in southeast Asia, including India and Sri Lanka.

Feb 14, 2020

Pugh attorneys, supporters seek leniency in sentencing

With prosecutors asking for nearly five years of incarceration for former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, her attorneys and supporters are seeking leniency, urging the judge in charge of Pugh’s sentencing next week to recognize her career of public service and the punishment she has already experienced. Pugh’s attorneys called her a “tragic figure” who has […]

Feb 13, 2020

Prosecutors seek 57-month sentence for former mayor Pugh

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 57-month prison sentence for former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion charges in November. Pugh is set to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on Feb. 27. Pugh was indicted on Nov. 14, 2019, on 11 counts for a years-long scheme […]

Jan 9, 2020

Ex-patients sue UMMS over alleged use of counterfeit surgical hardware

Fourteen former patients of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center have sued the Glen Burnie hospital and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) in Baltimore Circuit Court, alleging that a doctor implanted counterfeit spinal fusion hardware during surgeries and received hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from the hardware distributor. The […]

Dec 9, 2019

Editorial Advisory Board: UMMS directors must deal with ugly mess

Here we are again. The Maryland legislative auditor wrote on Oct. 31 that the University of Maryland Medical System “delayed and hindered our work by repeatedly failing to make employees available and failing to provide requested information on a timely basis.” This is not entirely surprising, because the audit required by the General Assembly forces UMMS to […]

Jun 17, 2019

Harrell, longtime judge, calls UMMS board seat a ‘new challenge’

Retired Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Glenn T. Harrell Jr. said Monday that he had been looking for “a new challenge” when Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him last week to a reconstituted University of Maryland Medical System board recently beset by allegations of sweetheart business deals between now-former board members and the hospital network. “I […]

Apr 1, 2019

Pugh takes leave of absence as controversy mounts

ANNAPOLIS — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is taking an indefinite leave of absence starting Tuesday to recover from pneumonia, according to an announcement Monday from her office. She is stepping down amidst a controversy over her financial dealings revolving around her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s book series. City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, as mandated [...]

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