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University of Maryland Medical System CEO placed on leave amid review of contracting practices

University of Maryland Medical System CEO placed on leave amid review of contracting practices

University of Maryland Medical System CEO Robert A. Chrencik was placed on leave Thursday as accusations of self-dealing and no-bid contracting with board members have rocked the hospital network.

Board chairman Stephen A. Burch announced that Chrencik — who is paid more than $4.2 million a year — will take a leave of absence beginning Monday. He will continue to be paid while on leave, a spokesman said.

John Ashworth, a senior vice president, will act as interim CEO.

“There is nothing more important than the trust of those that depend upon the Board’s leadership,” Burch said. “And, over the past week, I’ve had the proper time to listen to concerns and reflect. The Board...

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