Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP Announces New Vice President for WOH Government Solutions LLC
ALBANY, N.Y. (June 11, 2013) – Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, the Capital Region’s largest law firm, has named Lisa M. Wickens, R.N. vice president of WOH Government Solutions LLC, its Albany- and Washington, D.C.-based subsidiary.
Ms. Wickens joins WOH Government Solutions after 26 years in public and private sector health care service delivery, the former at both the State and county levels. With her background as a Registered Professional Nurse, Lisa is committed to improving the availability and quality of health care services to, in particular, vulnerable and medically indigent populations. Her experience has made her a result-orientated leader committed to the development of health policies, practices, programs and facilities that better serve the people of New York.
Prior to joining WOH Government Solutions, Ms. Wickens served for eight years as Deputy Director of the Office of Health Systems Management, the policy, regulatory, surveillance and enforcement arm of the New York State Department of Health. In that position, Ms. Wickens had operational and programmatic oversight of all State and federal surveillance programs, as well as policy development and direction for OHSM’s Divisions of Health Care Financing, Health Care Standards, Health Facility Planning, Home & Community Based Care, Primary and Acute Care Services and Quality and Surveillance for Nursing Homes and ICF/MRs, as well as for the Offices of Health Systems Emergency Preparedness, Professional Medical Conduct and Health Care Quality and Safety. She also served as Chair of the Department of Health’s Surveillance Steering Committee, Chair of the Assisted Living Task Force and Principal Investigator on the Department’s Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) health care preparedness grants.
In addition to the management of New York State’s health care regulatory programs, Ms. Wickens played a critical role in the development and coordination of Medicare (at the federal level) and Medicaid (at both federal and State levels) budgets, worked collaboratively with the Governor and the Legislature on statewide health care delivery and financing issues and legislation implementing new State health care policies and programs.
Ms. Wickens continues to work on behalf of populations in need, serving as a Trustee to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center.
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Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, one of New York’s largest law firms, has developed a reputation for innovative solutions and professional leadership. Through integrated, firm-wide collaboration, it offers clients a broad range of expertise in business, commercial, education, energy, utility regulation, environmental, land use, health care, immigration, intellectual property, labor, employment, real estate development, tax and telecommunications law as well as estate planning and administration, government relations and litigation.
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, formed a Washington, D.C. subsidiary in 2002 — WOH Government Solutions, LLC — to provide government relations services involving federal policy and public affairs. The office is located in the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C.