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Edward L. Barker

Edward L. Barker

Senior Counsel
Kansas City
office: 816.983.8356
fax: 816.983.8080

Ed leverages his deep experience and understanding of multi-state hospital systems in his role to create and deepen relationships with our clients and prospects within the industry.

As the former Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of a large, multi-state hospital system, Ed regularly advised on corporate organization, integrated delivery networks, physician acquisition and employment programs, hospital-physician joint ventures, alternative health care delivery systems, and medical staff bylaws and issues for more than 25 years.

Ed has deep experience in tax law and securities law in both public and private securities offerings, as well as a strong understanding of the impact of federal and state law, agency regulations and reimbursement limitations on capital expenditures and operating revenues. Additionally, he has acted as special counsel to hospitals, psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities and ambulatory surgery centers.




  • 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


  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • 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
  • Mosaic, Board of Directors
  • Involved in purchase of Silver Bow Community Hospital, Butte, Mont.
  • Represented sale of DePaul Hospital, Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Involved in purchase and sale of Providence Medical Center, Physician resources of Kansas and Providence Place, Inc.
  • Advised purchase of Hilltop Rehabilitation Hospital, Grand Junction, Colo.
  • Advised in creation and dissolution of Primera Healthcare LLC.
  • Advised in creation of MedMap, LLC.
  • Advised in creation of Exempla Healthcare.
  • Advised in creation of Yellowstone Community Health Plan (HMO).
  • Represented purchase of Holy Rosary Hospital, Miles City, Mont.
  • Represented purchase of Bethany Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Advised acquisition of Exempla Healthcare, Denver, Colo.
  • Oversaw creation and operation of System Organization Responsibility Program for Corporate Integrity Program.
  • Advised creation and Management of Risk Finance and Management Program.
  • Advised creation and Management of Physician Contracting Manual and Policy.
  • Advised creation of TriSource Insurance Company (HMO).
  • Advised creation of Master Trust Indenture.
  • Advised creation and Operation of Leaven Insurance Company (Cayman Islands).
Community Leadership
  • DePaul Hospital, Cheyenne, Wyo., Board and Committee Member, Board of Directors, 1990-1996
  • Mosaic, Board of Directors
  • Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colo., Board of Directors of Exempla, 1996-2010
  • St. Frances Health Center, Topeka, Kan., Board of Directors, 2008-2012
  • St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colo., Board of Directors, 2007-2012