Under direction of Supervising Attorneys, researches and recommends appropriate action to the Boards of Directors, Senior Staff, Medical Staff and EEH Staff on a wide variety of matters. Independently researches or assists in researching various legal matters (including statutory, regulatory and case law). Prepares appropriate memoranda to communicate research or findings.
Negotiates contracts and other legal documents with third parties including contracts for services, IT, professional staff, physicians, real estate and other contracts working in conjunction with EEH Staff and Supervising Attorneys, as appropriate.
Assists Supervising Attorneys in major transactions and the development of new ventures or programs, including due diligence / document review.
Oversees the work of the paralegals or Legal Specialists in the maintenance of all corporate documents including contracts, leases, by-laws and other governing documents.
Provides legal review and where necessary, drafts EEH policies and procedures for consideration by Senior Staff, the Medical Staff or the Board, as appropriate.
Performs other appropriate legal duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorneys.
Manages and/or helps assists with corporate governance matters, including necessary corporate, tax and real estate filings. Attends Board meetings and drafts minutes, including preparing meeting agendas, and ensuring that open issues discussed at meetings are followed-up.
Participates on various ad hoc and standing corporate committees.
Assists in the legal resolution of patient care problems for EEH; assesses EEH's liability, determines an appropriate plan of action, makes recommendations to appropriate medical/clinical staff and EEH executives and ensures follow through of approved plan of action.
Investigates and evaluates actual and potential claim exposures across the system and evaluates the standard of care or liability exposure, causation, and damages. Prepares claim notes and memoranda regarding same and oversees claims database entries for same. Timely sets appropriate indemnity and expense reserves per protocols.
Provides Third Party Claims Administration for affiliated physician groups pursuant to guidelines.
Responsible for overall litigation management plan in partnership with defense counsel; selects outside counsel on assignment of new matter; establishes a claim resolution strategy, facilitates and communicates same on an ongoing basis and obtains settlement authority within department guidelines. Within delegated authority limits, independently negotiates or directs the negotiation of the claims/lawsuit to resolution. Notifies excess insurer of selected claims according to established criteria and provides file updates pursuant to reporting guidelines. Assists claims staff in maintaining and updating electronic database, including MMSEA requirements, and reviews same at appropriate intervals to promote data integrity.
Works collaboratively with risk management to identify risk management trends, issues and opportunities. Identifies risk and loss control issues and makes recommendations as appropriate. Provides legal advice/support to risk managers as requested. Provides direction and legal advice as requested by facilities on assigned matters. Participates in Legal Department on-call rotation.
Required Education and/or Experience:
Juris Doctor degree
Work requires state-of-the-art awareness of the terminology, methodology, technology, and literature in a healthcare field
Preferred Education and/or Experience:
Minimum one year experience providing legal services in a healthcare environment
Required License and/or Certification:
Current State of Illinois law degree license
Internal Number: 16632
About Edward-Elmhurst Health
Edward-Elmhurst Health is one of the larger integrated health systems in Illinois. The system was created by the merger of Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare in 2013.
Comprised of three hospitals – Edward Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health – Edward-Elmhurst has:
Annual revenues of more than $1 billion
More than 50 outpatient locations across a service area of 1.7 million residents in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago
Nearly 7,700 employees and 1,700 volunteers
More than 1,900 physicians on staff (98 percent are board certified)
Nearly 100 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties