The President and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System resigned on Friday. Investigations into questionable business affairs involving board members, including Baltimore's bombing of Democratic mayor Catherine Pugh.
The resignation of Robert Chrencik took place one day after the medical system received a summons for documents relating to Pugh's business relations.
Chrencik – who had run the medical system since 2008 – had been paid leave since March 25, the Baltimore Sun reported.
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] "Today, the Board of Directors and I have accepted and accepted Chrencik's resignation from UMMS with immediate effect. This action is an important step in advancing the health care system at this critical time, and we continue to focus on delivering exceptional, safe and high quality health care throughout Maryland, "said acting CEO John W. Ashworth in a statement before he thanked him for his 35 years of UMMS.
The medical system has been under intense pressure since Sun's investigation revealed that nine of its directors have done UMMS business worth hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars each.
Chrencik Previously, he had rejected a proposal to prevent members of the Board of Directors from concluding lucrative no-bid contracts with the hospitals they serve.
Pugh, 69, faces a call to rescind allegations she has sold $ 500,000 Published "Healthy Holly" illustrated children's books for the medical system.
UMMS reportedly paid 100,000 copies of the book between 2011 and 2018. Chrencik admitted that there was no competitive process for buying the books.
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Pugh apologized for the deal. Her lawyer said on Thursday that the calls for resignation had "not fallen on deaf ears," the Washington Post reported.
"In the near future, she will make a decision that is in the best interests of Baltimore," said lawyer Steve D Silverman:
The US Senate President Thomas Mike Miller, a Democrat, previously demanded that Chrencik and the Board Stephen A. Burch attended a closed door to answer questions about the deal.
"The governor wanted to push this problem very heavily," said Miller. "I also asked the question: why did it continue? "They said," She kept writing books. "They did not tell us who authorized the check, who signed the check, and who agreed to the deal."
On Thursday, American agents Pugh's searched two houses in Baltimore, their city Hall Office, and a non-profit organization, which she once led. Pugh resigned from the board and took an indefinite leave from his office.
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. Maryland Gov, a Republican, encourages Pugh to take a step after the early morning raids.
"Baltimore City needs more than ever strong and responsible leadership. Mayor Pugh has lost the trust of the public, "he said. "She is clearly not fit to lead. For the sake of the city mayor Pugh has to resign. "
This year, state legislators passed laws to dissolve the UMMS panel in several steps. The members would have to re-apply and the members could not conclude one-stop contracts with the system.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.