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General Counsel and Legal Team 

Having the experience of being chief counsel for two other major institutions, Mr. Kelly is convinced that the retention of a number of key outside legal firms, rather than retaining in-house lawyers, is the most effective model to responsively organize and operate the legal affairs for an organization that is growing and advancing as rapidly as Scottsdale Healthcare.

According to Mr. Kelly: "Large in-house legal departments tend to become insular and lose perspective of what is happening in the law and with competitors since by their very nature in-house attorneys only serve one client. Because most law firms provide counsel to a broader base and audience their ability to provide cutting-edge advice, especially in the area of healthcare which is constantly changing, is paramount." Fixed costs are kept at a minimum.

Law firms are chosen carefully with special consideration on breadth of expertise and responsiveness. A point of contact within the outside firm is established and legal work is coordinated effectively and efficiently through that point of contact with Scottsdale's General Counsel. The in-house legal office at Scottsdale is therefore designed to be small, consisting of one paralegal, Susan Balentine, Mr. Kelly, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, Kris Deyerle, Associate General Counsel and his administrative assistant, Katie Peters.

Alan KellyAlan B. Kelly, Esq.

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Office:  480-882-4007
Mobile:  480-323-6078

Alan B. Kelly joined Scottsdale Healthcare (SHC) in 2004, as General Counsel, Vice President in 2005 and became a Senior Vice President & General Counsel in 2007. His responsibilities encompass Legal, Risk Management, Corporate Compliance, Governmental Relations, Community Stewardship and Scottsdale Captive Insurance Company. He previously served for 14 years as Corporate Counsel for Virtua Health Systems in New Jersey and came to SHC from Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA) where he was University Counsel for 9 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics from the University of South Carolina, Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration and a Juris Doctor Degree from St. Louis University and finally, a Masters of Law in Trial Advocacy from Temple University. Mr. Kelly specializes in all areas of healthcare law including transactions, real estate, acquisitions, bond financing. Some of his professional affiliations include the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Bar Associate and National Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Kelly is a member of the Arizona, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars and to all Federal Courts within those jurisdictions.

Kris Deyerle

Associate General Counsel
Phone: 480-882-4049
Mobile: 602-410-6349

Kris A. Deyerle is the Associate General Counsel for Scottsdale Healthcare. Her responsibilities encompass advising senior leadership on regulatory issues, risk management, litigation review, coordinating services of all external legal counsel, and negotiation of all research and clinical trial agreements. Kris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Arts degree in Biology from Villanova University, and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Delaware, Pennsylvania and Arizona Bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Susan Balentine

Phone: 480-882-4005
Mobile: 480-747-8115

Ms. Balentine joined Scottsdale Healthcare in October 1990. Susan serves as Paralegal for the Legal and Risk Management Departments under the direction of the Sr. Vice President/General Counsel and Associate General Counsel. Ms. Balentine received her Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Phoenix College and completed the studies and examination to become recognized as a Certified Paralegal in 2008. Susan is a member of the Maricopa County Bar, Paralegal Division and National Association of Legal Assistants.

J. Katie Peters

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 480-882-4514

Katie joined Scottsdale Healthcare in 1983 as a Security Officer in the Safety & Security Department, transferred to the Risk Management Department in 1996 as Risk Management/Legal Aid, and transferred to the Corporate office in 2004 as the Assistant to the Sr. Vice President & General Counsel. Before joining Scottsdale Healthcare, Mrs. Peters worked at the Maricopa County Courthouse.