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Hopkins Health System Drops Suit Against Former Executive

February 7, 1995

BALTIMORE (AP) _ The corporation that runs Johns Hopkins Hospital issued a public apology and withdrew a $50 million lawsuit against a former executive it had accused of dishonesty and disloyalty.

Johns Hopkins Health System Corp., a nonprofit corporation that runs the hospital and other medical facilities, had claimed in its lawsuit last spring that Barbara B. Hill, who ran its health maintenance organization, secretly used her position to negotiate the 1991 sale of most of Hopkins’ HMO to Prudential Insurance Co. of America. Hill later moved to Prudential, where she managed its HMO.

The Hopkins corporation further claimed that Hill’s actions caused the hospital to lose millions of dollars a year.

In the agreement filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court Monday, the company apologized to Hill and, The Sun reported today, issued her a public apology.

``We withdraw all allegations of any dishonesty, disloyalty, breach of fiduciary duty or other misconduct by you,″ said a letter, signed by current Hopkins Health System Chairman George L. Bunting Jr. and its president, Dr. James A. Block.

Hill, now president of an HMO subsidiary of the Aetna Life Insurance Co. in Chicago, said her parents ``taught me that when the schoolyard bully picks on you, you stand up to him. That’s what I did, and now they’ve had to back down and apologize.″

Under the terms of the settlement, Hill did not collect monetary damages and agreed not to pursue a $30 million libel counterclaim against Hopkins.

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