SSM Health Care Hires General Counsel And Deputy General Counsel

ST. LOUIS (August 5, 2013) - SSM Health Care welcomes Patricia “Patti” Williams, corporate vice president general counsel, and Yemi Adeyanju, deputy general counsel.

Williams and Adeyanju are leading SSM’s newly formed Legal Affairs Department. The new legal department was established to provide timely, high quality legal services across SSM Health Care, manage the use of outside counsel, and reduce overall legal costs for the system. The department will provide legal services to all regions and entities throughout the system, and will be the main point of contact with all outside law firms.

As corporate vice president general counsel, Williams will be responsible for developing the optimum legal department, overseeing legal affairs for the system, mentoring and supervising department staff, managing outside counsel use, and ensuring department performance standards and goals are met. Prior to joining SSM, Williams served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for RehabCare Group, Inc., from 2007 until its acquisition by Kindred Healthcare, Inc. in 2011. Williams received her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from St. Louis University School of Law. She began her new position at SSM on June 18, 2013.

As deputy general counsel, Adeyanju will work closely with Williams in managing select departmental processes and related staff, and serve as the primary legal contact for SSM-St. Louis, SSM Mid-Missouri, SSM facilities in Illinois and St. Francis Hospital and Health Services in Maryville, Mo. Prior to joining SSM, Adeyanju served as the associate general counsel for Catholic Health Partners (CHP) from 2004 to 2013 where she provided general legal services to CHP and its affiliated markets. Adeyanju received her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Syracuse University and her MBA from Ohio University. She began her new position at SSM on July 15, 2013.

About SSM Health Care
SSM Health Care is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system with an international reputation as a pioneer in the use of quality measures to improve care. With more than 7,000 physicians and 25,800 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. It owns and operates 18 hospitals located in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri. In every region, SSM facilities forge creative relationships in the community to foster healthier people and healthier neighborhoods. Through these relationships and at its various sites, SSM serves more than 1.5 million people annually.


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