Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel
Mary McGillicuddy is an experienced health care attorney who serves as the health system's Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel. Mary first joined Lee Memorial Health System in 1996, when Cape Coral Hospital became part of the health system. After serving five years as System Counsel, she returned to private practice, joining Jim Humphrey to provide representation to the health system Board of Directors. She returned to Lee Memorial Health System in 2002 to serve as Senior System Counsel and assumed her current position in 2005.
As Chief Legal Officer, Mary oversees the Legal Services and Risk Management Department which provides professional legal services through in-house attorneys. The department was one of the first hospital in-house legal departments in Florida and has been in existence for more than 35 years. All attorneys provide legal advice to all levels of health system management, including Senior Leadership as well non-management staff. The advice covers a broad scope of federal, state and local statutes and regulations related to complex health care, corporate, medical staff, regulatory, contract, employment and labor matters. The attorneys analyze complex legal issues and provide advice regarding the legal implications of transactions, business development, proposed and existing policies and practices, and other high risk areas to address administrative and operational objectives, as well as legal compliance requirements.
The health system's internal Risk Management Program is integrated in the health system patient safety evaluation system and includes an incident reporting data system, investigation and analysis of adverse incidents, the development of risk reduction measures, incident disclosure, mandatory state and federal reporting, analysis of patient grievances, education and orientation.
Mary represented health care organizations and professionals in transactional and operational health law matters in private practice with two well-respected Florida based law firms. Prior to attending law school, Mary served in an administrative capacity at Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center. Early in her professional career, Mary gained insight into the federal legislative process as a legislative assistant in a Congressional office on Capital Hill.
Mary received a Juris Doctorate degree, with honors, from Stetson University College of Law in 1995; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, from the University of South Florida; and an associate degree, with honors, from Edison State College.
Mary is a member of The Florida Bar, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, and is licensed in Florida as a Health Care Risk Manager.