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Review of Maryland hospital network finds more no-bid contracting, faults former CEO for 'Healthy Holly' deal

Review of Maryland hospital network finds more no-bid contracting, faults former CEO for 'Healthy Holly' deal

A review of contracts the University of Maryland Medical System had with members of its board of directors and their companies revealed more no-bid and self-dealing practices — including that executives pressured staff to use board members’ products — and blamed former CEO Robert Chrencik and other system leaders.

“Many of these contracts were not competitively bid, were not declared to be necessary by the board or senior leaders, and, if vetted, were without full transparency to the entire board,” concluded the review by Nygren Consulting, which was hired and paid by the 13-hospital network.

The report released Wednesday reviewed business deals with nine board members and...

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