1. Who can sign contracts on behalf of the Network or its affiliates?
The department reviews contracts across the Network. We recognize that you expect a timely and sometimes accelerated response to your contract request. In order to coordinate these requests and ensure proper handling, it is imperative that only those authorized to sign contracts do so. The following persons are authorized to sign contracts and agreements binding St. Luke's Health Network, Inc., Saint Luke's Hospital of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania d/b/a St. Luke's University Health Network and/or each of their affiliates and subsidiaries:
- Richard A. Anderson, President & Chief Executive Officer
- Tom P. Lichtenwalner, Senior Vice President, Finance
- Robert L. Wax, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel
In addition, Dean W. Evans, President of St. Luke's Physician Group, Inc., is authorized to execute contracts on behalf of St. Luke's Physician Group, Inc., and Network purchasing agents have authority to execute certain purchase orders and purchase agreements on behalf of the Network.
2. Should I send contracts directly to the legal department?
It depends. Any contract for goods or services, including a purchase of equipment, medical disposables, supplies and dietary goods, should first be sent to the Purchasing Department. If the Purchasing Department believes legal review is required, it will send the contract to the Legal Services Department. In addition, the following types of agreements should be processed as described below before being sent to the Legal Services Department:
- Software Licensing/Products/Services - to Chad Brisendine for approval
- Accreditation - to Susan York for processing
- Clinical and Non-Clinical Educational Affiliations - to Manny Changalis
- Clinical Studies and Related Confidentiality Agreements - to Manny Changalis
- Staffing Services/Independent Contract requests - to Barb Flandorffer
- Real Estate - James Reyes
- Use of Facilities Agreements should be processed by Kate Raymond in Bethlehem, Donna Field in Allentown, Diane Snyder at Quakertown, Bill Moyer at Miners
3. What do I do if I receive an inquiry from a government agency?
From time to time, the Network receives inquiries for information or requests for site visits from government regulatory and investigative agencies. It is important that the Legal Services Department be notified immediately when these events arise. The Legal Services Department will determine whether the request or visit is legally valid, coordinate the Network's response, and notify appropriate senior officers. Please remember to always refer all attorneys representing regulatory authorities to the Legal Services Department.
4. What do I do if someone tries to serve a summons, subpoena or other legal notice?
Official legal documents are sometimes mailed to various places across the Network. Should you receive a legal document, it should be forwarded immediately to the Legal Services Department for processing. Examples of legal documents that should be forwarded include subpoenas requiring the Network to produce copies of records in court proceedings, summonses notifying the Network that a lawsuit has been commenced against it, notices of bankruptcy and notices informing the Network of its right to participate in consumer class action suits.
Whenever a "process server" attempts to hand-deliver an official legal document to a Network employee, you should inform the process server that you do not have authority to accept service of the document and that the document should be taken instead to the Legal Services Department. The Legal Services Department will determine whether it can be accepted by the Network. The Legal Services Department should be notified immediately to confirm acceptance and to follow up with the appropriate security personnel who will accept service on the Network's behalf, if appropriate.