Erlanger Health System President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, has announced the appointment of Jeffrey N. Woodard Esq. as Erlanger's new chief legal officer. Mr. Woodard has served as director of Risk Management and staff attorney at Erlanger for the past three years.
“Jeff is well respected within our organization, as well as in the legal community, and I have been impressed with his work and his vision to grow and improve our in house legal department,” Mr. Spiegel said.
Prior to coming to Erlanger, Mr. Woodard served as general counsel and director of Risk Management at Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe. Before that, he was in private practice with two Georgia law firms, Minor, Bell and Neal in Dalton, and Womack, Gottlieb and Rodham in LaFayette.
Mr. Woodard graduated with honors from Berry College and the University of Georgia School of Law. While in law school, he served as Articles Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. He is admitted to practice in both Tennessee and Georgia.
Mr. Woodard is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, the Georgia Hospital Association for In-House Counsel, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and the Georgia Public Health Association.
He also serves as a director on the Floyd County Board of Health, having previously served as chairman and vice-chairman from 2010-13.
Mr. Woodard and his wife, Venoka, have two children, Ethan, nine, and Sophie, five.
"Having grown up in northwest Georgia, I have witnessed firsthand what a tremendous asset Erlanger has been and continues to be to this region and the community it serves," Woodard said. "To have the opportunity to support Erlanger and all that it represents in this community, is an incredible honor and privilege for me.”