Jordan Named Deputy General Counsel and Chief Health Counsel for Emory
Jane E. Jordan
has been promoted to the post of deputy general counsel and chief health
counsel for Emory University, representing the Woodruff Health Sciences
Center and Emory Healthcare.
Jordan, a former partner
in the Health Law Section of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Atlanta,
came to Emory in February 2001 as an associate general counsel with
a focus on healthcare transactions and regulatory matters. Since July,
she has also been serving as interim chief health counsel. She was appointed
to the job on a permanent basis following a national search in which
she was chosen as one of five finalists.
"Jane brings a wealth of
health sciences and healthcare legal experience to the job," says Kent
B. Alexander, senior vice president and general counsel of the University.
"Her knowledge, acumen, and humor make her an ideal colleague."
Added Michael M.E. Johns,
MD, executive vice president for health affairs at Emory University
and the CEO of Emory Healthcare: "Jane has performed splendidly in the
role of interim chief health counsel for the past five months. Following
our national search, she was the top, unanimous choice of the search
committee. We always felt that we were getting the best legal judgment
and support we could ask for, and I could not be more delighted that
she has earned the job on a permanent basis."
In her new position, Jordan
represents the University's health divisions, including the Schools
of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, as well as the Yerkes Regional
Primate Center. She also represents Emory Healthcare, the most comprehensive
health care system in metropolitan Atlanta. Emory Healthcare includes
The Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, Crawford Long Hospital,
Wesley Woods Center, and the jointly owned Emory-Adventist Hospital,
as well as EHCA, LLC, a limited liability company governed jointly by
Emory Healthcare and HCA-The Healthcare Company.
When the job of chief health
counsel was created earlier this year, it marked the first time that
the same in-house lawyer at Emory was assigned primary responsibility
for healthcare related issues in all components of the Woodruff Health
Sciences Center as well as the clinics and hospitals of Emory Healthcare.
As chief health counsel,
Jordan will work closely with the CEO of Emory Healthcare, the president
and COO of Emory Healthcare, and senior management of the Woodruff Health
Sciences Center. She will serve as lead attorney in advising the boards
of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Emory Healthcare on a wide
range of legal issues. She will serve as a member of the Woodruff Health
Sciences Center and Emory Healthcare management team and will be the
corporate secretary of the Emory Healthcare Board of Directors.
Jordan will also manage the
in-house attorneys working in the areas of medical research, strategic
alliances, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory affairs, contracts,
labor and employment law, tax, trusts and estates, risk management,
issues related to physicians, and general business law.
Prior to her service with
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, from1998-2001, Jordan was a partner
at Kilpatrick Stockton in Atlanta. She has worked as a lawyer representing
clients in the health industry for more than15 years. She graduated
from Furman University in 1975, magna cum laude, earning membership
in Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. from the University of South
Carolina in 1981, where she was president of the Moot Court Bar. From
1981-1983, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Vining, Jr.,
U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
Jordan is a member of the
Georgia and South Carolina Bar Associations, the American Health Lawyers
Association, Georgia Academy of Hospital Attorneys, and the Antitrust
and Health Divisions of the American Bar Association. She has worked
as a volunteer with Project READ, Hospice Atlanta, and the Georgia Shakespeare
Festival, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of ARCA (AIDS
Research Consortium of Atlanta).