Kathy has three primary passions:

  • Facilitating restructuring and realignment within the health care sector. Kathy has worked with Ontario health care organizations for almost 20 years to facilitate restructuring and realignment within the health care sector, including implementing amalgamations, mergers, management services arrangements, alliances, and networks. She has helped establish several shared services organizations in Ontario, as well as alliances that provide information technology services, electronic health record systems, PACS services, and diagnostic imaging repositories on a regional basis. These arrangements pay significant dividends (efficiencies, saved resources) to participants.
  • Governance. Kathy speaks regularly to boards of not-for-profit and charitable corporations to advise them of their governance and charitable law responsibilities, including providing advice on hospital, foundation, non-profit and association by-laws. She works with charities and parallel foundations to establish appropriate governance structures and policies to facilitate and maintain healthy, cooperative relationships.
  • Outsourcing & procurement. Her recent commercial experience has focused on providing advice on procurement and outsourcing arrangements, with a focus on best procurement practices for public sector organizations. She is passionate about de-mystifying the procurement process requirements and structuring procurement processes to achieve a successful outcome and avoid unnecessary pitfalls

Prior to joining DDO Health Law, Kathy was a partner and Co-Chair of the National Health Law Group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. She has worked in private practice since 1994, focusing specifically on the health sector since 1999. Kathy worked in-house at Bell Canada for 18 months prior to 1999, with a significant focus on IT procurement.

Kathy graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law summa cum laude and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994. She was an editor of the OBA’s Health Matters newsletter 2001 to 2010.

Recent Media

Proposed amendments to Ontario’s charity laws welcome: O’Brien

Proposed changes to Ontario’s charity laws offer needed clarity when it comes to paying directors for any goods or services they provide, says Toronto health and… Read more

Avoiding the pitfalls of a problematic AGM

With health-care organizations holding their annual general meetings (AGM) typically between May and July, it’s important they consider how to present it… Read more

Will hospital-naming directive cause donation chilling effect?

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s proposed hospital-naming directive may have a chilling effect on large donations to these facilities in Ontario, says… Read more

A prescription for successful health sector integration

As an increasing number of heath-care boards across Ontario consider integration as a way to use taxpayer dollars most efficiently, Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien… Read more

Health sector waiting to see how LHINs use broad new powers

Ontario’s Patients First Act (Bill 41) proposes to expand the mandate of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), giving them considerable new powers over the expanded… Read more

Ontario health boards moving toward collaborative governance

Health boards across Ontario are looking for ways to collaborate with other service providers in the health-care sector as a way to use taxpayer dollars more efficiently while… Read more

Appointment of hospital supervisor brings major local impact: O’Brien

To Ontario communities – Brockville and Chatham – have temporarily lost local control of the operation of their hospitals after the province stepped in to… Read more

Kathy O’Brien: a passionate advocate for health-sector clients

Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien is passionate about governance, as well as facilitating restructuring and integration within the health-care… Read more

 

Kathy O’Brien has been recognized by Best Lawyers® Canada 2008-2017 in the field of Health Care Law.

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