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225 Williamson Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey,07207
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Fiat Lancia Unlimited
College of Saint Elizabeth
Adjunct Faculty Member
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Juris Doctor degree
Health Services Administration degree
The New School for Social Research
Trinitas Regional Medical Center's Senior Administration
Sam Germana, Esq.
Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel
For accountants, "the bottom line is the bottom line," says Sam J. Germana, vice president and general counsel, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, in Elizabeth, NJ.
And that's fine, says Germana, "because you do want to have a balance - the conservative, strategic-thinking finance exec taking a hard look at the numbers, balanced with the risk-taking, strategic view of the CEO. "GCs must provide the wide range of legal options open to management to meet strategic objectives," says Germana. "CFOs can then best determine which among the possibilities may likely provide the greatest return on investment. Even that which seems to defy logic can be 'legal.' Conversely, sound business decisions can violate a host of laws and regulations. He adds, "By having early tie-in between the finance and legal departments, the right hand knows what the left hand is doing." In its hospital system with two campuses, says Germana, Trinitas developed a good contracting policy, "driven by our finance department. "You have to have an open system where people are free to brainstorm, collaborate, share insights, and be critical, without being antagonistic," says Germana. Germana suggests: "One of the most effective approaches to a well-built management team is to place the GC in the decision-making process early, to get the benefit of his or her unique way of viewing challenges and solutions." Germana explains: It provides a level of protection against judicial interference with the workings of a corporation if the officers act in good faith, in the best interests of the corporation, on an informed basis, in ways that are not wasteful and do not involve self-interest. "GCs' advice is part of the process of establishing that managers acted on an informed basis and in good faith," he says. Cooperation Is Key At Trinitas Hospital System, a key business issue is negotiating physician contracts that are not in violation of the Stark law, which bars referring a patient to a medical facility in which the physician has a financial interest. In trying to satisfy one need, hospital administration might create an arrangement that would lose money for a period. Sam Germana, VP and general counsel for Trinitas, says it's best to get all the parties in the room together: finance, legal, and administration. "I'll say, 'John, the CFO says these numbers don't work.' And the manager may respond, 'But do you realize, we have to do this strategically - or lose this line of service to a competitor down the road.' "There are nuances such as community benefit," Germana says.
Sam Germana, (left) Vice President of Legal Affairs for Trinitas Regional Medical Center, spoke to the Rotary Club of Elizabeth recently on a timely court case involving an end-of-life issue.
The lively presentation generated many excellent questions from the Club. Pictured with Sam is Doug Harris, Elizabeth Rotarian and Director of Public Relations/Marketing for Trinitas.
"Patients do have a right to choose among available and appropriate treatment, but not to decide what's medically appropriate," and in this case, doctors had done all they could do, said Trinitas' vice president and general counsel Sam Germana.
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Twenty-Seven New Nurses Graduate from Trinitas | Ann Baran Promoted To Senior Vice President at Trinitas Hospital | Sam Germana Joins Trinitas Hospital As VP of Legal Affairs | Bernadette Countryman Named Chief Nursing Officer At Trinitas Hospital | Nancy DiLiegro Joins Trinitas as Director of Clinical Services | Michael McIntyre Joins Trinitas Hospital As Director of Support Services | Trinitas To Host Conference On Nicotine Dependence | Trinitas Sets July Meeting For Alzheimer's Caregivers | Union County "Day of Learning" To Cover HIV Resources | Elizabeth Fire Department Among Honorees At Trinitas Health Foundation GalaSam Germana Joins Trinitas HospitalAs VP of Legal AffairsSam Germana, Esq., has joined Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, as Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel.In this position Germana is responsible for coordinating all legal activities including use of outside counsel.Germana worked previously at Staten Island University Hospital, where he was Senior Assistant General Counsel.His healthcare background also includes service as Director of Risk Management at Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, and as Administrator/Practice Plan Administrator of the Department of Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.He also served as Administrator of Hospital Services at University Hospital, Stony Brook, New York, and was an attorney for the law firms of Hirsch & Britt, Garden City, New York, and Matturro & Hirsch, Carle Place, New York.Germana received his Juris Doctor degree at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Huntington, New York.He received his Masters in Health Services Administration degree from The New School for Social Research, New York, New York, and his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.He is admitted to practice law in both New York and New Jersey.Germana resides in Great Neck, New York.