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Senator Frank Kelly, his sons to take leave of absence from all UMMS Board positions

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Posted at 10:46 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 09:25:41-04

BALTIMORE, Md. — The University of Maryland Medical System's Interim President has announced that Senator Kelly and his sons, John and David Kelly, are taking voluntary leaves of absence from all UMMS Board positions.

This comes after the recent controversy and requested investigation on UMMS following their $500,000 purchase of "Healthy Holly" books from Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.

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Pugh has since resigned as a member of the UMMS board due to concerns of conflict of interest. After her departure, two other board members also stepped down from their position, John W. Dillon and Robert L. Pevenstein, according to UMMS.

And the Chairman of UMMS has recently requested four board members who have business relationships with the medical system to immediately take a voluntary leave of absence from the board.

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The Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMS released the following statement on the voluntary leaves of absence of the Kelly's:

Today, I was notified that the Kelly family, Senator Frank Kelly and his sons, John and David, are taking voluntary leaves of absence from all University of Maryland Medical System Board positions. I am disappointed, but respect and understand their decision. Their desire to put the System, its employees and, most importantly, the patients first and to preserve the validity of the independent review during this critical time is indicative of who they are and how they lead. The Kelly’s long-term commitment to servant leadership, coupled with their dedication to delivering world-class healthcare, has made a marked difference in our community. Their tireless personal and professional investment has been instrumental in providing high-quality care and establishing UMMS as a national leader in health care delivery.

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