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University of Maryland Medical System pays members of volunteer board hundreds of thousands in business deals

University of Maryland Medical System pays members of volunteer board hundreds of thousands in business deals

Nine members of the University of Maryland Medical System’s Board of Directors — including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh — have business deals with the hospital network that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each, a review by The Baltimore Sun has found.

Members of Maryland’s business and political elite hold unpaid, voting seats on the nonprofit system’s 30-member board. They govern more than a dozen hospitals that bring in more than $4 billion annually in revenue.

But as they oversee the hospitals’ work, about a third of appointed members receive compensation from the medical system through contracts with their businesses. They provide goods and services to the...

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