Access Healthcare hires new top lawyer

Catherine McKnight succeeds Sharon Wood, who is retiring

Catherine McKnight

Catherine McKnight

Dallas-based Access Healthcare has appointed Catherine McKnight as its new general counsel.

In her new role, which she started on May 1, McKnight is responsible for managing all legal and regulatory matters for the company. She reports to Access Healthcare chair Anurag Jain. According to the company, McKnight has extensive experience in corporate governance, risk management, healthcare regulatory compliance, acquisitions and joint ventures, outsourcing and software licensing, strategic initiatives and new business ventures.

McKnight is taking the reins from Sharon Wood, who is retiring shortly. ‘We respect Sharon’s tenure with the organization and her contribution to our growth,’ a spokesperson says.

Before joining the company, McKnight served as associate general counsel for Children’s Health System of Texas. Prior to that, she was assistant general counsel for VHA (now Vizient), providing legal counsel to its subsidiary, Provista. She has also served as vice president and assistant general counsel for Concentra.

A Children’s Health System of Texas spokesperson did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Access Healthcare provides business process outsourcing and applications services, as well as robotic-process automation tools, to healthcare providers, payers and related service providers. The firm operates from 12 delivery centers in the US, India and the Philippines. It works with more than 125,000 physicians and processes more than $50 billion in claims each year.

‘[Catherine] has a proven track record of leading transactional, governance and contract matters for leading healthcare and technology companies. With her appointment, we are further bolstering our senior leadership team as we continue to focus on Access Healthcare’s growth and long-term success,’ Jain says in a statement.

‘Access Healthcare’s focus on providing innovative solutions that add value to our healthcare provider and payer customers has been well accepted in the market,’ McKnight says. 

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