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Senior Counsel/Client Service Leader – Operations Serves as a member of the Legal Department; Is a team member and integral part of the Operations Group, the functional division of the Legal Department that primarily supports Operations (defined below); Reports to and performs services under the direction and supervision of the Vice President and Associate General Counsel – Operations (“AGC-Operations”) or his/her delegate; and Provides quality legal services and effective legal counsel in support of Dignity Health’s hospital, ambulatory, health care, physician and other business operations (“Operations”) described in this Position Description in a manner consistent with Dignity Health’s Mission and Core Values. Serves as the Client Service Leader (“CSL”) for designated Dignity Health Service Areas and/or hospitals. Support the Southern California Service Area and designated hospitals within that Service Area. Work with Senior Management on Service Area-wide initiatives and provide support to the Senior Vice President – Operations and his/her senior team. May also be assigned CSL responsibilities for one or more hospitals located in other Service Areas. Work collaboratively with other Senior Counsel – CSLs, including the Senior Counsel – CSL assigned to support other hospitals within the Southern California Service Area. To perform legal services for, represent and support Dignity Health with regard to Operations under the direction and supervision of the AGC-Operations, including, without limitation, matters related to hospital/health care operations; physician contracting; medical staff and peer review; patient and clinical care; patient consents; business and non-physician contracting; corporate, commercial, physician and business transactions (including the purchase, sale, lease and/or other transactions involving hospitals, ancillary or ambulatory health services, major equipment, physician organizations or medical groups, and health care operations); loans and financing transactions; the formation, operations and dissolution of joint ventures and other business organizations; legal/regulatory and compliance; licensure, certification and accreditation; health care privacy/security; clinical research; and internal investigations. Under the Legal Department’s matrix organizational structure, to perform legal services for and support Dignity Health, when and as appropriate or requested, on matters under the direction of the Legal Department’s other functional divisions supervised by the appropriate Associate General Counsel. This work may include, without limitation, innovation and technology, care management, communication and marketing, physician integration, strategy and growth, regulatory and compliance, managed care and real estate. When performing these legal services, the Senior Counsel will be accountable to the AGC with authority over the functional division. To act as a legal counselor/advisor and business partner for Dignity Health’s Service Area Presidents/Senior Vice Presidents-Operations, Hospital Presidents and other members of the Hospitals’ senior management teams, with a particular focus on the role as CSL for the assigned Service Area(s) and hospitals, and for senior management of Dignity Health’s corporate functions, on operational, business, strategic and legal matters relevant to Operations. To develop and/or enhance the Senior Counsel’s expertise, and for the Senior Counsel to be or become a subject matter expert, in specific legal, legislative, regulatory or health care topics, issues or arrangements relevant to Operations or the other corporate functional areas supported by the Legal Department. In this regard, the Senior Counsel will participate as a member of one or more “Centers of Excellence” or “Service Centers” maintained by the Legal Department based on his/her subject matter expertise. To oversee and manage litigation, administrative proceedings and other regulatory (including licensure and certification) proceedings or matters arising out of or related to Operations as requested or assigned from time to time, including the management of outside counsel engaged to represent Dignity Health in the litigation or proceeding. To oversee, manage and work collaboratively on matters assigned to outside counsel engaged to represent or assist Dignity Health, including review, direction and supervision of outside counsel’s legal work. To participate on projects or matters related to the management and administration of the Legal Department as requested from time to time by the General Counsel (“GC”), the AGC-Operations, and/or other AGCs. To supervise, direct, manage and work collaboratively with the paralegals, executive coordinators, and other non-attorney staff assigned to work regularly or on specific projects with the Senior Counsel consistent with Dignity Health’s Core Values. To travel throughout as required to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Senior Counsel described in this Position Description. To personally develop and/or satisfy the Senior Counsel Legal Competencies accompanying this Position Description. To support the Legal Department proactively, both internally within the Legal Department and externally throughout Dignity Health, in the course and scope of the performance of the Senior Counsel’s duties and responsibilities. To communicate frequently with the AGC-Operations on matters critical to the Senior Counsel’s duties and responsibilities, the Legal Department and Dignity Health generally. To maintain excellent relationships, work collaboratively and engage in regular communication with the GC, other AGCs, the Legal Department’s other attorneys, paralegals, executive coordinators and other non-attorney staff. To (i) manifest a commitment to Dignity Health’s Mission and Core Values, (ii) act and demonstrate behavior consistent with the Core Values in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities described in this Position Description, and (iii) contribute to a positive working environment in the Legal Department for all employees.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: A JD Degree or equivalent degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Admission to the State Bar of California (or eligibility under the Registered In-House Counsel provisions of the State Bar of California), and professional licensure in good standing without any instances of suspension, revocation, censure or other adverse events in any jurisdiction. Excellence in academic achievement. 7+ years of legal or legal-related work experience either with a law firm and/or in-house legal department involving the performance of legal services for hospitals, health systems, providers, health care delivery organizations, and/or integrated delivery systems. Knowledge and primary focus of prior work experience in the following substantive legal areas affecting Operations (including applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations): hospital and health care operations generally; fraud and abuse, anti-kickback and physician self-referral (Stark law); hospital licensure, certification, accreditation and conditions of participation; legal compliance; reimbursement and payment for services; patient care, safety, consent and treatment; care management; medical staff and peer review; medical records; HIPAA, privacy and security; physician recruitment; hospital-physician contracts; and non-physician and business contracts. Good working knowledge of other substantive legal areas and issues related to Operations and health care generally, including health care business and corporate transactions, hospital/physician transactions, joint ventures, lending or financial transactions, and mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Good working knowledge of the key operational and strategic issues and challenges currently affecting hospitals, health systems, providers, health care delivery organizations, and/or integrated delivery systems. Familiarity with or willingness to learn and understand the legal and operational issues unique to faith-based health care systems. Experience with navigating complex and dynamic corporate organizations. Ability to identify legal risks, apply relevant law and organizational policies, and develop effective strategies for resolving or responding to the issues or risks. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the communication of complex legal and compliance concepts in a clear, concise and practical manner. Excellent contract drafting and negotiation skills. Demonstrated ability to multi-task, and to manage and turn-around significant and diverse work flow in an effective and timely manner. Demonstrated ability to work closely and maintain good working relationships with and relate well to highly driven, diverse executives and personalities in an attorney-client setting. Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic and challenging law firm or in-house legal department environment, and under stressful conditions. Ability to work independently with minimal hands-on supervision, yet exhibiting good judgment in seeking guidance and direction from the GC, AGC-Operations, other AGCs, and other Senior Counsel. A commitment to (i) the “client experience” and high quality legal services, (ii) transparency and accountability, and (iii) being a “team player”.
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