Terri Hill fined for attending Zoom meeting from operating room

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Terri Hill fined for attending Zoom meeting from operating room

A Maryland Democratic state lawmaker is under fire for logging on to political meetings on Zoom from a hospital operating room where she works as a plastic surgeon — with “blood-stained towels” occasionally in full view.

Maryland State Delegate Terri Hill allegedly engaged in “unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine” for joining at least two Zoom meetings with other state legislators while she was in the middle of surgery last year, according to the Associated Press.

The Maryland Board of Physicians reported that medical equipment and blood stained towels were visible in the meeting.
The Maryland Board of Physicians reported that blood stained towels were visible in the meetings with Hill.

Hill, 62, was fined $15,000 by the Maryland Board of Physicians.

“She was positioned under the surgical lights, focused downward, and would occasionally shift, reach for surgical instruments, or adjust the lights,” said the Board’s report.

Hill and other operating room staff “occasionally moved surgical equipment and blood-stained towels so that they were briefly visible on the video feed,” the report noted.

Hill, who had previously said that she had sought the consent of her patients for the operating room meetings, accepted the Board’s disciplinary action and said in a statement Friday that she had tried to balance both her part-time work as a lawmaker with her professional obligation to her patients during the height of the pandemic.

“I accept the Board’s decision that I could have done better,” Hill said.

Hill, who represents Baltimore and Howard Counties, was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014.

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