January 10, 2011

St. Joseph Health System (SJHS), a Catholic health system based in Orange, California, has selected Polsinelli Shughart PC for its external legal services.
In the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, SJHS’ founders, the health system conducted a thoughtful and thorough review of potential partners who can best help SJHS achieve its Mission of improving the health and quality of life of the people in the communities it serves.

“It was important to St. Joseph Health System to find a true partner that not only respects and adheres to our core values, but one that will collaborate with our in-house legal team to provide guidance around important legal and regulatory matters,” said Shannon Dwyer, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for SJHS.

As part of the partnership between Polsinelli Shughart and SJHS, the law firm will collaborate with SJHS internal counsel by providing a broad range of legal services to SJHS including: federal tax exemption, employee benefits/executive compensation, debt transactions, antitrust advice and guidance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, development and construction, physician alignment, clinical and health care operations, information technology, intellectual property, long-term care, and public policy.

“Our selection as outside counsel by one of the nation’s leading health care providers is another indication of the quality of work produced by our top-tier national health care law practice,” said Polsinelli Shughart Business Department Chair Frank J. Ross Jr. “We have great admiration for St. Joseph Health System’s values and we are honored to represent them and assist them with their vision of promoting improved health care by creating healthy communities.”

For more info contact:

Kevin Andrus, VP Corp. Communications St. Joseph Health System

Heather McMichael, PR and Communications Manager
Polsinelli Shughart PC

About St. Joseph Health System
St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) is an integrated healthcare delivery organization that exists to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. SJHS provides a broad range of medical services within three geographic regions -- Northern California, Southern California and West Texas/Eastern New Mexico. With total revenues of $4.6 billion, the system family is enriched by the services of more than 24,000 employees and includes 14 hospitals and three home health agencies, as well as hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities and physician organizations. In 2009, SJHS provided more than $271 million in community benefit and care for the poor services.

About Polsinelli Shughart PC
With more than 500 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli Shughart is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value beyond legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Kansas City; St. Louis; Phoenix; Chicago; Denver; Washington, D.C.; New York; Wilmington, Del.; Overland Park, Kan.; St. Joseph, Springfield, and Jefferson City, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; and Edwardsville, Ill.