The Senior Attorney is responsible for assisting the General Counsel of Wisconsin in overseeing and managing legal affairs for the assigned SSM Health Care (SSMHC) region and its operating entities under the direction of the General Counsel of Wisconsin. The scope of this role includes, but is not limited to: providing legal advice to all regional entities on regulatory, compliance, and other legal matters; managing due diligence efforts related to mergers and acquisitions for the region; interpreting legislation and legal documents; advising management of legal matters and providing education on changes in the law.
Interrelationships: The Senior Attorney works closely with the following SSMHC constituents: General Counsel of Wisconsin; Corporate Legal Affairs staff; Regional President/System Vice President and Administrative Council for assigned regions; Entity Presidents and Administrative Councils for assigned regions; and Senior Vice President – Mission and Organizational Ethics. This person will also represent SSMHC externally with outside law firms, professional organizations, and, as appropriate, regulatory agencies.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBIliTIES AND DUTIES:
1. Imparts the mission, values, and vision of SSM Health Care and facilitates the integration of values in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities. 2. Works collaboratively with the General Counsel of Wisconsin and Corporate Legal Affairs staff to ensure SSMHC's structures and operations comply with relevant law, ethical business practices, and the system's mission and values. 3. Works at the direction of the General Counsel of Wisconsin to oversee and manage legal affairs for the assigned SSMHC region and its operating entities, including: advising and educating management on legal matters; providing legal advice to all regional entities on regulatory, compliance, and other legal matters; and communicating legal issues affecting the operations of the region, including applicable law and regulatory matters. 4. Understands the legal structures, operating structures and finance structures of the regions, analyzes current or planned activities within those structures, and identifies and directly oversees legal work affecting the region and/or its operating entities. 5. At the direction of the General Counsel of Wisconsin, negotiates arrangements for the provision of legal services by retained outside counsel, including description of the scope of work and fee arrangements, and ensures that the regions receive value for its expenditures for legal services by monitoring the work performed by retained outside counsel for quality, efficiency, performance and results. 6. Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations, SSMHC's Corporate Responsibility Program, SSMHC's Code of Ethics, and relevant Policies and Procedures to ensure actions are consistent with SSMHC's mission and values as well as organizational and professional ethical requirements. 7. Performs other duties and tasks as requested by the General Counsel of Wisconsin.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABIliTIES:
1. Understanding the mission and values of SSMHC and the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.
2. The completion of a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school (health law focus preferred) and a member in good standing of a state Bar.
3. Five or more years' experience in the area of health care regulation and/or law.
4. In-depth knowledge of health care and provider operations, exempt organization requirements, health care regulation and compliance, Fraud and Abuse, False Claims Act, and the accreditation standards.
5. Utmost discretion in maintaining appropriate confidentiality, as well as knowledge of attorney-client privilege.
6. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills as well as interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, both verbal and written.
7. Ability to manage and motivate professionals for excellence in performance through, among other ways, integrating CQI principles and tools into work processes.
8. Ability to manage a significant work load, prioritize projects appropriately, and work independently.
9. Ability to type with speed and accuracy.
10. Ability to use a personal computer and possess advanced skills in the latest software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Lync and Adobe Acrobat.
11. Ability to adapt to new technology and new processes with minimal explanation.
You’ve known us as many names throughout St. Louis, and now, we’re bringing our hospitals, doctors, home care and other services together under one name – SSM Health. With seven hospitals, 350+ physicians, more than 40 physician locations and 12,000 employees, we are part of something bigger and better. We’re connected to a wealth of resources, expertise and advance technology to help you, your fa...mily and our community live long, healthy lives.
We’ve grown and changed a lot over our 143-year history. Our name may be changing but our mission remains the same