A Cook County Circuit Judge who also sat on boards that oversee Palos Community Hospital has resigned, after revelations that the hospital regularly used her brother's law firm.
Officials confirmed Friday that Judge Lynn Egan had stepped down from her roles on two boards, Crain's Chicago reports.
Egan's involvement with the hospital's leadership spans 15 years, Crain's reports. Her brother, Matthew Egan, is a partner in the Chicago-based law firm Pretzel & Stouffer. According to Crain’s, Matthew Egan “represented Palos in at least 15 cases before his sister's judicial colleagues, most of them involving medical malpractice or personal injury.”
Egan maintains that she disclosed her brother’s representation of Palos in an annual conflict statement available to hospital auditors and tax preparers. Crain's reports that the hospital did not disclose the financial relationship with Matthew Egan in the hospital’s tax filings between 1999 and 2011.
Her resignation is the sixth since the abrupt departure of CEO Edgardo Tenreiro in February.
Other recent resignations include board members Carole Ruzich and Thomas Courtney. Ruzich sat on the board of the hospital's parent company St. George Corp., and Courtney was one of 12 on the hospital's board, Crain's Chicago Business reports. Ruzich also serves as a trustee for the Village of Orland Park.