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Mayor to comment on 'Healthy Holly' book controversy when she is released from hospital

Posted at 1:29 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 14:18:11-04

BALTIMORE — The Mayor of Baltimore City announced she will comment and explain her arrangement with the University of Maryland Medical System to produce her 'Healthy Holly' books once she is released from the hospital.

Mayor Catherine Pugh has recently been at the center of a larger controversy involving members of the University of Maryland Medical System Board after being involved with lucrative contracts with the healthcare provider. The president and CEO of UMMS were recently asked to take a leave of absence, and Pugh resigned her seat on the board.

The controversy centered around UMMS purchasing $100,000 worth of Pugh’s self-published book “Healthy Holly,” a deal which she did not disclose and which the medical system labeled as a grant in it’s non-profit tax filings.

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On Monday, the following statement was released about Pugh's health,

“Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has been diagnosed with a case of pneumonia and has been instructed by her physician to rest until she is fully recovered.”

In the statement released on Tuesday, her office said she will hold a press conference when she is out of the hospital.

Last Thursday she made a comment about the controversy, but has not spoken in a public press conference with the media since the news has been released over a week ago.