Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce that health care attorney John S. Howard has joined the firm as a partner in our St. Louis office. John has served as former general counsel and senior executive for two major regional health systems, including 10 years at St. John’s Mercy Health Care in St. Louis.
John advises health systems, large physician groups, and health care executives on a full range of regulatory, transactional, and organizational issues, and draws on his own experiences as a health care executive to counsel clients on strategic planning, hospital-physician alignment, and fiduciary board engagement.
John led the legal department at St. John’s Mercy and also served as executive vice president and chief development officer. During his time there, John worked on a number of initiatives, including several significant business transactions and regulatory matters, the development of the Clarkson Valley Cancer Center, the acquisition and alignment of physician practices, and the reorganization of Mercy Medical Group.
When he served as CEO of a multispecialty physician group at Wellmont Health System, an integrated health system in Tennessee, John led the reorganization of the system’s physician network. The results of the reorganization received national recognition as a 2014 Acclaim Award Honoree, an honor from the American Medical Group Association that rewards medical groups that bring the U.S. health care system closer to the ideal delivery model — “one that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.”
John earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he also earned a Ph.D. in English, with highest distinction, and a concentration in British romantic literature and literary theory. John obtained an M.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from Concordia University.