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Overview

After 25 years as chief legal officer of a multistate hospital network, Ed has a rare understanding of both healthcare business operations and the U.S. healthcare system’s regulatory landscape.

Known for his practical, engaging style and close attention to clients, Ed is frequently sought out for strategic consulting. He advises clients on matters such as corporate organization, physician acquisition and employment programs, hospital-physician integrations, alternative healthcare delivery systems and financing transactions.

Ed’s operational and legal experience includes guiding multihospital health systems, health plans, ambulatory and specialty providers, and large physician groups through large-scale transactions. These include mergers, acquisitions and affiliation divestitures and reorganizations.

His comprehensive knowledge of the healthcare industry also includes knowing exactly how to raise significant amounts of capital. His success follows meticulous strategic planning, thoughtfully designed approaches and careful preparation of every step in the process. 

Ed has completed total quality management programs for professionals involving methods such as lean and Six Sigma at the Intermountain Healthcare Delivery Institute in Salt Lake City.


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Education

  • J.D., Washburn University School of Law
    • with honors
    • Washburn Law Journal, Managing Business Editor
  • B.S., Kansas State University
    • Business Administration and Political Science

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Catholic Health Association
  • Catholic System In-House Counsel
  • The Advisory Board Company, Medical Leadership Council
Experience

Healthcare Transactions

  • Acted as lead counsel and responsible executive team member in numerous large-scale healthcare merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, including for-profit, nonprofit, public, private, religious and secular entities. Involved in transaction planning, approval and implementation, and ensured that plans' original goals and objectives were met successfully and without difficulty.
  • Led purchase of Silver Bow Community Hospital in Butte, Montana.
  • Oversaw sale of DePaul Hospital, a Catholic institution in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to local county hospital.
  • Managed purchase of Providence Medical Center, Physician Resources of Kansas and Providence Place Inc., part of diocesan hospital system in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Purchased on client's behalf Hilltop Rehabilitation Hospital, a local stand-alone ancillary service provider in Grand Junction, Colorado, and steered its successful integration into hospital operations.
  • Created Exempla Healthcare, a two-hospital healthcare system in Denver, Colorado, that grew in size and complexity and 11 years later required conversion of ownership, management and operations. Served as lead counsel during dispute with local board resulting in arbitration, takeover and successful consolidation.
  • Purchased Holy Rosary Hospital and related operations in Miles City, Montana, and led its subsequent conversion to critical access hospital.
  • Purchased Healthcare of America's for-profit hospital, Bethany Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and oversaw its clinical service consolidation at Providence Medical Center.
  • Developed joint venture between Jewish and Catholic healthcare providers to collaboratively provide patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.

Healthcare Operations

  • Created new Catholic canonical entity, Leaven Ministries, as sole canonical sponsor of multistate health system; provide ongoing legal advice.
  • Originated and operated systemwide risk finance and management program, which has self-insurance structure, common occurrence reporting, patient safety committee, standard patient safety plan, self-administered claims and safety event reporting, resulting in operation's consistent top-two ranking for total cost of risk.
  • Created and implemented systemwide standard process, management and tools for physician contracting and integration efforts.
  • Participated in creation of Kansas City Tri-Source Insurance Co., an HMO, with six hospitals and their physician organizations; served on board of directors.
  • Helped create systemwide multistate financing structure that resulted in single obligated group debt structure and industry-first master trust indenture.
  • Created, operated and became president and board chair of Leaven Insurance Co., a single-parent company in Cayman Islands that had great operational flexibility in primary retention, reinsurance, self-insurance trust, excess and umbrella program with domestic and foreign commercial insurers.

Provider Alignment and Integration

  • Created fully integrated entity for Denver physician group, Primera Healthcare LLC.
  • Created local limited liability company, MedMap LLC, that subsequently became vehicle for physician-hospital integration and investment activities, including medical office buildings, lithotripsy services, and clinically integrated and back offices services.
  • Participated in creating Yellowstone Community Health Plan, the first Montana HMO owned, operated and governed by local hospital and community.

Healthcare Compliance Counseling & Defense

  • Represented health systems before U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Internal Revenue Service, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, multiple state health departments and other regulatory and enforcement agencies.
  • Created and operated multistate health system's corporate integrity program and became its first corporate integrity officer.
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Ed’s interests beyond his law practice include fishing on Colorado’s scenic waterways.

In addition to enjoying the company of his wife and daughters, Ed is enthusiastic about photography, tennis and fly fishing. Most summers find him landing brown and rainbow trout on Colorado’s crystalline Eagle River or the Gold Medal waters of the Roaring Fork, near Aspen.

Community Leadership

Ed devotes a great deal of personal time to organizations that help people throughout the greater community.

The caring that underlies Ed’s legal practice is evident in his volunteer activity. He helps guide Mosaic, a faith-based organization committed to people with intellectual disabilities, assists a university and serves more than a half dozen different healthcare institutions, as well as some of the physicians who staff them.

  • University of St Mary, Board and Committee
  • Mosaic, Board of Directors, Omaha, Nebraska, 2015-Present, Compliance/Integrity Committee
  • DePaul Hospital, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Board and Committee Member, Board of Directors, 1990-1996
  • University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas, Board of Directors, 2013-Present. Committees: Audit, Executive, Finance, Risk, Admissions, Marketing (Chair)
  • SCL Health, Denver, Colorado, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer, 1979-2014, Committees: Audit, Executive, Finance, Quality, Nominating & Governance, Risk (Vice President, Secretary)
  • St. Francis Health Center, Topeka, Kansas, Board of Directors, 2008-2012, Committees: Executive, Finance, Risk, Quality
  • St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado, Board of Directors, 2007-2012, Committees: Executive, Finance, Quality, Building/Construction, Risk (Vice Chair)
  • Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colorado, Board of Directors, 1996-2010. Committees: Executive, Finance, Building/Construction
  • Colorado Preferred Physicians Organization, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Board of Directors and Shareholder Representative, 1990-2012
  • DePaul Hospital, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Board of Directors, 1990-1996, Committees: Finance, Foundation, Risk
Customized Computer Algorithms

Ed helps create customized artificial intelligence (AI) tools for clients. During his long-term vice presidency of a successful multistate health system, Ed devised a standardized, centralized risk-management incident-reporting process together with policies and tools.

Now he and a team at Husch Blackwell are generating algorithms and AI tools to mitigate clients’ risk in the everchanging healthcare regulatory environment. To help a multistate post-acute-care company, for example, Ed and his colleagues are devising an electronic solution that will facilitate fact-gathering and deciphering implications about whether and how to report abuse or neglect to federal, state and local agencies.