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Baltimore mayor quits hospital system board over book sales

March 18, 2019

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has stepped down from the University of Maryland Medical System’s board of directors, days after it came to light that the hospital network had for years purchased her self-published children’s books.

Board positions are unpaid, but The Baltimore Sun reported last week that around a third of the board received compensation through the UMMS network’s contracts with their businesses. The newspaper revealed that Pugh failed to fully disclose a $500,000 business relationship she began with the 11-hospital network in 2011.

Pugh announced her resignation from the board Monday. She had earlier defended selling her “Healthy Holly” books to the medical system.

Her resignation comes days after Gov. Larry Hogan and lawmakers demanded answers from the hospital network about compensation for board members.

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