McDermott Lauds Client, Hackensack University Medical Center, for Being Named “Legal Department of the Year”

<0> McDermott Lauds Client, Hackensack University Medical Center, for Being Named “Legal Department of the Year” </0>

<0> McDermott Will & Emery LLPChristopher Rieck, 212-547-5367 </0>

McDermott Will & Emery LLP applauds its long-time client, Hackensack University Medical Center (“HackensackUMC”), for its selection by the as the 2014 “Legal Department of the Year” for in-house legal work.

Audrey Murphy, chief legal counsel for HackensackUMC, leads the team which was honored at this year’s award ceremony held at The Newark Club on November 6, 2014. Ms. Murphy, who is also a registered nurse, oversees the five-attorney department, which serves the legal needs of the Medical Center and its more than 400 physicians.

HackensackUMC is the largest hospital in New Jersey. McDermott attorneys represents HackensackUMC on a broad variety of matters, including transactional, regulatory, governance, executive compensation, due diligence, reimbursement, finance, compliance, academic medicine, clinical research, managed care and many other matters.

“We are very proud of Audrey and the HackensackUMC family – including its legal department and its support staff -- for being recognized with this prestigious honor,” said McDermott Health law partner Michael W. Peregrine. “Hospitals today face enormous legal and regulatory challenges in the wake of health care reform, and Audrey and her talented team have met that challenge and more, helping to make HackensackUMC one of New Jersey’s finest medical centers. HackensackUMC is a long-standing and highly valued client of the Firm, and it has been our honor and pleasure to work with them.”

Mr. Peregrine leads the McDermott team working with HackensackUMC, which includes partners Ralph DeJong, Joshua Buchman, Peter Rich, David Rosenbloom, Thomas Hefty, Lisa Kaderabek, Megan Rooney and Stephen Wu.

McDermott Will & Emery has one of the largest and most prestigious health law practices in the world. It is the only law firm to receive Tier 1 rankings in health care nationally by all of the industry’s top legal directories: and .

HackensackUMC was ranked as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the 2014 annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings. The medical center has received 11 national rankings – more than any other hospital in New Jersey – and ranked among the top 30 hospitals in the nation.

McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Further extending our reach into Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and was Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: .