PRESS RELEASE: Attorney Karen Daley Appointed President of Optimus Foundation, Inc.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., July 30, 2015:   Attorney Karen A. Daley of Pullman & Comley, LLC has been appointed President of Optimus Foundation, Inc., the law firm reported today.

Optimus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established to raise funds to support the health care programs and facilities of Optimus Health Care, Inc. a non-profit, federally qualified health center. As the largest provider of primary health care services in southwestern Connecticut, Optimus Health Care has nearly 50,000 patients and operates six school-based health centers and 17 community health sites in Bridgeport, Stamford and Stratford.  

Ms. Daley, an attorney in Pullman & Comley’s Health Care Department, has served as Optimus Health Care’s corporate counsel since 2011.  “Over the past several years I have had the privilege of working closely with the Optimus staff, and have the utmost respect for their commitment and dedication to their patients and the critical role that Optimus Health Care plays in providing quality health care to those most in need. I am honored to be named President of Optimus Foundation, and am committed to assisting Optimus Health Care in its mission to serve the medically underserved.” 

Ms. Daley says her immediate objectives are to increase awareness of Optimus Health Care and Optimus Foundation, increase the size of Optimus Foundation’s board of directors and focus Optimus Foundation’s mission to raise funds to support programs that improve the health and welfare of the women, infants and children served by Optimus Health Care. 

“I am pleased that Karen has accepted the position of President of the Optimus Foundation,” said Ludwig Spinelli, Chief Executive Officer of Optimus Health Care. “Her dedication to Optimus and her  commitment to our goals will serve the Foundation well. Our entire management team  and medical staff look forward to working with Karen to expand the reach of our Foundation and its fund raising activities.” 

Ms. Daley will continue her legal practice with Pullman & Comley, where she represents federally qualified health centers, hospitals, hospital-affiliated organizations, physician groups, behavioral health groups, ambulance service operators and a regional emergency communication center.  She routinely advises on a wide variety of matters including Medicare and Medicaid coverage and payment, health care fraud and abuse laws and regulations, health records privacy compliance, corporate governance, and day-to-day patient issues.  Ms. Daley has experience in managing corporate health care transactions, including hospital affiliations and mergers, hospital/physician joint ventures and physician practice acquisitions.  She also represents health care providers in proceedings before the Connecticut Department of Public Health. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Daley has worked in the health care sector in various capacities.   Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Ms. Daley was the Director of Risk Management and Associate Counsel at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford and was also the Director of Risk Management at Bridgeport Hospital.  Prior to those roles, she defended medical malpractice cases and represented physicians in proceedings before the Connecticut Department of Health.  

A registered nurse in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Ms. Daley began her career at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where she was a surgical critical care nurse, trauma outreach nurse and clinical advisor for more than ten years.  She holds a law degree from Boston College Law School, an M.B.A. from the Boston College Carroll School of Management, and a B.S. from Boston College. 

About Pullman & Comley: 

Pullman & Comley celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2014 and is one of Connecticut’s largest firms, providing a wide range of legal services to clients in the New England region, as well as throughout the United States and internationally.  Pullman & Comley’s major practice areas include business organizations and finance; environmental, regulatory and telecommunications; government finance; health care; labor, employment law and employee benefits; litigation; property tax and valuation; real estate and land use; and trusts and estates.  The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Connecticut and White Plains, New York.  The firm is an active member of the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms.

About Optimus Health Care

Optimus Health Care is a nonprofit, federally qualified health center funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Optimus Health Care’s mission is to improve the overall health of residents in Bridgeport, Stamford, Stratford and surrounding communities, particularly the medically underserved, by providing preventive, primary care and supplemental health care services along with health education in a culturally sensitive manner regardless of one’s ability to pay. 

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