Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a 22-state network of more than 9,000 physicians, 63,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging and surgery centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY17, Dignity Health provided $2.6 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unpaid cost of government programs. For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
The Dignity Health Legal Department (“Legal Department”) is responsible for the provision of legal services to, and for the management of the legal affairs of, Dignity Health and its hospitals, subsidiaries and affiliated businesses (“Dignity Health”).
Corporate Paralegal – Operations (“Paralegal”):
• Serves as a member of the Legal Department;
• Is a team member and integral part of the Operations Team, the functional division of the Legal Department that primarily supports Dignity Health’s acute care hospital and affiliated operations;
• Reports to and performs services under the direction and supervision of the Vice President and Associate General Counsel--Operations (“VP-AGC”) and such Senior Counsel and other attorneys as delegated by the VP-AGC;
• Serves as a member of and actively participates in the Physician Contract Service Center (“PCSC”), which is the operational unit of the Operations Team responsible for preparing physician contracts for Dignity Health hospitals and affiliated entities; and
• Serves as a member of and actively participates in such other functional workgroups and teams as directed by the VP-AGC or his/her designee.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES
The Paralegal will have the following key duties, responsibilities and accountabilities:
• The Paralegal’s primary responsibility will be to support and provide paralegal services to the VP-AGC, Senior Counsel and other assigned attorney(s), drafting physician and non-physician contracts..
• To perform paralegal services for, and support Dignity Health and its attorneys and business sponsors, with regard to: hospital operations, including contract review and preparation, document review and preparation, and assistance at the direction of the VP-AGC or Senior Counsel related to other projects.
• When requested, to perform paralegal services for and support Dignity Health and its attorneys and business sponsors with regard to acute care and affiliated entity operations.
• Under the supervision of counsel, prepare, draft, review, transmit, and assist in the negotiation, and execution of physician and non-physician contracts, and related agreements and documents.
• At the direction of the VP-AGC, Senior Counsel, and any other assigned attorney(s), to prepare and proofread agreements, documents, memoranda, charts, presentations, spreadsheets, correspondence, and other reports or records in an effective and efficient manner.
• To assist in preparation of and actively use Legal Department-approved template documents in accordance with approved guidelines, policies, and protocols.
• To actively participate in in-person, video, and telephonic meetings, including workgroups, as assigned.
• To actively use and support the Legal Department matter management software and system manager and other technologies or tools maintained in the Legal Department in the performance of the Paralegal’s duties and support for the VP-AGC, Senior Counsel, and other assigned attorney(s).
• Assist Legal Department to provide legal advice to Dignity Health leadership and management teams, with an emphasis on hospital operations.
• Under the supervision of counsel, maintain physician and non-physician forms databases including periodic review and update of forms.
• To (i) manifest a commitment to Dignity Health’s Mission and Core Values, (ii) act and demonstrate behavior consistent with the Dignity Health’s Mission and 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.
• Work closely with assigned counsel and other Dignity Health Legal Department personnel, Dignity Health corporate offices and hospital-based staff departments as necessary, maintaining open communications and appropriate consultation in matters related to inter-office cooperation and position responsibilities.
• Assist Dignity Health counsel in the overseeing and management of litigation, arbitration, administrative proceedings and other regulatory proceedings or matters arising out of or related to hospital operations.
• Under the supervision of counsel, support and work collaboratively with outside counsel, including review of outside counsel’s legal work, on matters assigned to outside counsel.
• To periodically travel throughout Dignity Health as required to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Paralegal described in this Position Description.
• To maintain excellent working relationships and work collaboratively with others in the Legal Department, Dignity Health’s hospitals, Dignity Health, and in outside law firms engaged by Dignity Health.
• Possesses the demeanor, maturity, skill, discretion and professionalism to work and interact effectively with multiple and diverse constituencies who may be internal or external to Dignity Health and the Legal Department.
• To manage, organize and perform a variety of activities simultaneously (i.e., multi-task), while maintaining accurate and complete records and files.
• To demonstrate the judgment and maturity required to handle crisis or difficult situations ensuring that appropriate decisions are made and essential people are contacted in a timely manner to manage the crisis or situation.
• To strictly maintain the confidentiality of all privileged and other confidential, proprietary or non-public information that the Paralegal may come across in the course of performing his/her duties.
• Four year degree and/or paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program or a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies or related field.
• A minimum of four (4) years of paralegal experience in a law firm or corporate law department.
• Proficient computer and word processing skills in recent and current versions of Microsoft Office Programs, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat and Windows.
• Ability to learn and actively use the Legal Department’s matter management system software.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including communication in a clear, concise and practical manner.
• Excellent drafting, editing and proof-reading skills, including legal writing, grammar, spelling and composition.
• Legal research skills including Lexis, Westlaw, or other computerized legal research tools.
• Write, edit, and proofread complex agreements, documents, construction contracts, other legal documents and correspondence.
• Ability to work collaboratively with others in a challenging and demanding environment and meet multiple deadlines.
• Exercise discretion in, and maintain confidentiality of, communications with clients, outside legal counsel and others in assigned responsibilities.
• Ability to work independently with minimal hands-on supervision, yet exhibiting good judgment in seeking guidance and direction from the VP-AGC, Senior Counsel, and other assigned attorney(s).
• Familiarity with or willingness and ability to become familiar with Stark law, Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and similar laws and regulations that apply in the healthcare industry.
• Must be able to travel periodically, including overnight.
• Physical requirements include good manual dexterity, visual and auditory acuity, and some lifting, such as file boxes.
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