Maryland’s Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to confirm nearly two dozen nominees to the University of Maryland Medical System board, which was overhauled last year after a self-dealing scandal rocked the hospital network and led to the resignation of Baltimore’s mayor.
Senators voted unanimously to approve all new nominees to the board.
But three Democratic senators ― Clarence Lam of Howard County and Jill P. Carter and Mary Washington of Baltimore ― voted against the five returning members, citing a report from state auditors that said the hospital network “hindered” a probe of the system’s finances.
The Baltimore Sun reported Friday on a new report from the auditors on UMMS finances, which uncovered more financial dealings between board members and their organizations than previously known. It revealed nearly $115 million in payments to more than two dozen board members and their related businesses in recent years.
“The concerns that were raised by the audit are really serious,” said Sen. Guy Guzzone, a Howard County Democrat. “I believe the system has done a really credible job in addressing them.”
Senate President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, said he was submitting a budget amendment that would restrict funds to the medical system unless the hospital network implements reform recommendations from several independent audits.
The scandal also resulted in the system’s former CEO and four other top hospital officials resigning, and the passage of sweeping reform legislation.
The five returning board members are Chairman James “Chip” DiPaula Jr.; Vice Chairman Alexander Williams Jr.; Louis Pope, a former state GOP chairman, and businessmen Barry P. Gossett and R. Alan Butler.