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December 20, 2001


Jane Jordan Named Deputy General Counsel and Chief Health Counsel for Emory University

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).

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