Interim CEO: Four Top UMMS Executives on Their Way Out

The new leader of the University of Maryland Medical System will have a new leadership team soon after multiple executive resignations in the wake of a self-dealing scandal that embroiled multiple system board members.

Interim President and CEO John Ashworth announced Thursday that four members of the executive leadership team had resigned: Christine Bachrach, vice president and chief compliance officer; Megan M. Arthur, senior vice president and general counsel; Keith Persinger, senior vice president and chief improvement officer; and Jerry Wollman, senior vice president and chief administrative officer.

The staffing changes are effective Friday, June 21, according to the announcement.

Kristin Jones Bryce, who has worked for the health system since 2015, will become senior vice president of external affairs and is now the hospital system’s chief of staff.

Bryce had previously served as chief of staff for the late House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D) for more than a decade.

The hospital system’s update did not indicate the employment status of Mark L. Wasserman, who has served as senior vice president of external affairs.

Wasserman had served in the position since 1997. He has worked in Maryland political circles for decades, including from 1976 to 1985 on the physical development staff for the Baltimore mayor and then managing the successful gubernatorial campaign of former Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

In recent years, he worked on former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s campaigns and transition team.

Pugh resigned as mayor last month after investigations sparked by Baltimore Sun reporting showed she was enriching herself through “Healthy Holly” children’s book contracts with the University of Maryland Medical System board where she had served for 18 years and other businesses that contracted with the city.

Ashworth also announced Thursday that Kate McCann, chief human resources officer, will now report directly to the CEO.

“My goal is to create long-term, sustainable change that enhances our core mission of effectively serving the health care needs of the people of Maryland. I am grateful to each of these individuals for their contribution and tenured service to the organization,” Ashworth said in a statement. “I am keenly focused on building a strong foundation for the future for our patients and team members.”

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