April 19, 2012

Terrence Kessler Appointed General Counsel for Sisters of Charity Health System

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS), has announced the appointment of Terrence P. Kessler as general counsel for the Cleveland-based health system. He replaces Robert Maynard, who is retiring after 50 years of dedicated service to the community.

In his new role, Kessler will oversee the SCHS legal functions, including corporate governance, contracts, leases and financial transactions, as well as state and federal tax and health care regulatory compliance. He will also oversee the legal department and serve as a member of the senior leadership staff of the health system, which includes five hospitals, two skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, three grantmaking foundations, and numerous health and human services organizations in Ohio and South Carolina.

Kessler comes from Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh in Canton, Ohio, where he has been a shareholder since 1980. He joined the law firm in 1975 after graduating from The Ohio State University College of Law. His practice has focused on business and transactional matters, business finance, and state and federal taxation.

Kessler has been on the SCHS Board of Directors since 1998 and has served as board chair since 2006. With his appointment as general counsel, he will be resigning as a member of the board. He begins his new position on June 6, 2012.


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