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Health Care Lawyer to Join Dykema’s Bloomfield Hills Office


Detroit – February 9, 2015 – Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Donna A. O’Connor to its Health Care Practice Group as senior counsel in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. She joins Dykema after spending more than seven years working in-house for Detroit Medical Center, which was acquired by Vanguard Health Systems in 2011 and Tenet Healthcare Corporation in 2013.

In her previous roles with Tenet and Vanguard, O’Connor served as vice president and regional compliance officer, where she led the compliance program operations and initiatives across the eight-hospital Detroit Medical Center region. She supervised compliance professionals and staff responsible for hotline operations, investigations, auditing, monitoring and reporting.

Before the Tenet and Vanguard acquisitions, O’Connor was senior vice president legal affairs, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary of the Detroit Medical Center. In this role, she led a team of attorneys and staff providing operational, transactional and regulatory legal services for the organization. Her team focused on physician compensation and transactions, regulatory matters, Medicare and Medicaid regulation, merger and acquisition due diligence and post-acquisition integration, real estate, information privacy and security and patient care issues. O’Connor also served as senior counsel for Henry Ford Health System.

“Donna brings a unique combination of experience in creating and implementing compliance plans, handling internal investigations, and representing health care providers in a full-range of corporate and regulatory matters,” said Maria Abrahamsen, Leader of Dykema’s Health Care Practice Group. “We are extremely pleased that she has joined our Health Care practice.”

O’Connor received a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, and a B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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