Delphine O'Rourke


  • Delphine O'Rourke
  • Phone: +1 215 979 1173
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  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
  • Duane Morris LLP
    1540 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036-4086

Delphine O’Rourke advises a wide variety of companies, investors, and vendors on the operational, regulatory and enforcement issues related to health care delivery, investment and innovation. Delphine joined Duane Morris in 2018 after serving as Associate General Counsel of Ascension, the then largest non-profit health system in the United States and the largest Catholic health system in the world. In this role, she was responsible for providing legal counsel to the organizations, boards of directors and executive management teams within Ascension’s northeast market. Drawing on her experience as in-house counsel and health care executive, Delphine brings a pragmatic perspective and first-hand knowledge of healthcare operations to complex and mission-critical matters that challenge healthcare entities.

Her health practice focuses on:

  • Strategic affiliations involving for-profit and non-profit health entities, supply chain relationships, and other formations and realignments of partnerships. She is a skilled negotiator with a proven ability to understand business strategies, assess enterprise risks and align negotiations and resulting agreements with her clients' short-term and long-term goals.
  • Complex provider transactions in connection with network strategies, integrated delivery systems, value-based and risk-based contracting models, clinically integrated networks and patient-centric models of care.
  • Comprehensive health care regulatory advice on federal and state regulatory issues uniquely applicable to health care entities including FDA regulations, fraud and abuse, licensure, accreditation, evolving requirements related to opioid prescribing and dispensing, and emergency preparedness.
  • System, hospital and healthcare association counsel on a wide variety of legal matters specific to healthcare providers, including internal investigations, corporate governance, physician leadership and medical staff matters, public health, fraud and abuse, and patient care and quality as well as Catholic healthcare. Clients call on Delphine to supplement in-house legal teams or to serve as lead outside legal counsel.

Delphine speaks and writes frequently on healthcare and women’s leadership topics that are of interest to her clients and to the industry. She is committed to the advancement of women and inclusionary leadership. Throughout her career, she has advocated for gender parity, and currently serves on the Women's Leadership Council of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Women in Executive Leadership and Governance Committee of The Forum of Executive Women, Duane Morris' Women's Impact Network for Success and will be interviewed on "Women to Watch with Sue Rocco" in the fall of 2019.

Areas of Practice

  • Governance

  • Health

  • Health Systems and Hospitals

  • Regulatory

  • Crisis Management


  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2001
    - Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Georgetown University, B.S., cum laude, 1996


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2018-present

  • Ascension
    - Vice President of Legal Services and Associate General Counsel, 2018
    - Coordinating Counsel, New York and Connecticut Market; General Counsel & Chief Advocacy Officer, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc., 2010-2014

  • Hall, Render, Killion, Heath & Lyman PC
    - Managing Partner, Philadelphia Office; External Regional Counsel and Hospital General Counsel, Ascension, 2014-2017

  • Hinman, Howard & Kattell LLC
    - Chair, Healthcare Practice & Special Counsel; External Chief Legal Officer, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc., Ascension, 2006-2010

  • Linklaters LLP
    - Litigation Associate and Pro Bono Coordinator, New York Office, 2004-2005

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    - Law Clerk to the Hon. Legrome D. Davis, 2002-2003

  • Shearman & Sterling
    - Associate, 2000-2002

  • Council on Foreign Relations
    - Research Associate, 1996-1998

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • Philadelphia Bar Association

  • New York State Bar Association

  • French American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia
    - Board Member, Alternate

  • Columbia Law Women’s Association

  • Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program

  • Legal Aid of Mid-State New York, Inc.

  • Legal Services of Central New York

  • The Forum of Executive Women

  • Women’s Leadership Council, American Health Lawyers Association

Selected Publications

  • Quoted, "New Drug Disposal Regulations To Be Implemented Next Week," Modern Healthcare, August 15, 2019

  • Author, "Hospitals and Health Industry in Limbo After Court Delays Implementation of 'Conscience Rule'," Duane Morris Alert, July 23, 2019

  • Author, "Affidavit: Healthcare and the Law: The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Conflict of Interest Scandal,The Wharton Healthcare Quarterly, Summer 2019

  • Quoted, "Legal Questions Lurk in Trump's Order on Health Price Disclosure," Bloomberg Law, June 25, 2019

  • Author, "High Impact, Self-Advocacy, and Network Building: A Discussion at the Physicians and Hospital Law Institute's Women's Breakfast," American Health Lawyers Association Connections, May 2019

  • Co-author, "Disaster Preparedness and Response: Five Focus Areas for Hospital and Health System Counsel," AHLA's Hospitals & Health Systems Rx, March 2019

  • Quoted, "HHS Report Card: Attys Grade Health Secretary's 1st Year," Law360, January 29, 2019

  • Quoted, "SCOTUS takes broad view of False Claims Act; watch your non-CMS compliance," Part B News, June 27, 2016

  • Quoted, "State Medicaid Expansion Should Reduce Emergency Room Visits," Health Payer Intelligence, April 29, 2016

  • Quoted, "Sexual Abuse and Harassment Are Challenging Liability Areas to Address," Healthcare Risk Management, April 2016

  • "Obama Administration to Announce Plans to Address National Opioid Abuse Epidemic," Hall Render Health Law News Blog, March 29, 2016

  • "Convicts Can Take Care of Pennsylvania's Elderly: Pennsylvania Court Rules that Provision of Older Adult Protective Services Act Unconstitutional," Hall Render Health Law News Blog, January 25, 2016

  • "Department of Justice Scrutinizes Hospitals for Possible Discriminatory Advertising of Podiatric Residency Positions," Hall Render Health Law News Blog, January 6, 2016

  • "Boilerplate Litigation and the False Claims Act," Hall Render False Claims Act Defense Blog, February 19, 2015

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Bias Interrupters in Law," Women Diversity & Law: Awareness into Change Summit, Philadelphia, PADecember 4, 2019

  • Radio Guest, Women to Watch® Media with Susan Rocco, Philadelphia, PA, November 27, 2019

  • Speaker, "Paying for New Technology," The Healthcare Financial Management Association, Reimbursement Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 16, 2019
  • Speaker, "The Federal Conscience Rights – What You Need to Do to Prepare?," New Jersey Hospital Association, In-house Counsel Affinity Group, Princeton, NJ, October 14, 2019
  • Speaker, "The Future of Conflicts of Interest in Governance in a Post-Memorial Sloan Kettering World," Columbia Law School, New York City, October 3, 2019
  • Moderator, "Defining Your Success," American Health Lawyers Association, Women’s Leadership Council Breakfast at Fraud and Abuse, Baltimore, MD, September 27, 2019
  • Speaker, "The Federal Conscience Rights – What You Need to Do to Prepare from an Employment Perspective?," New Jersey Hospital Association, Princeton, NJ, September 26, 2019
  • Speaker, "The Future of Conflicts of Interest in Governance in a Post-Memorial Sloan Kettering World," Columbia Law School, New York City, September 18, 2019

  • Moderator, "American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting — Women's Event", Boston, June 25, 2019

  • Panelist, "Social Media and Healthcare: Legal Compliance Issues," Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Annual Meeting, June 20, 2019

  • Panelist, "Exercise Your Consumer Power: Spend and Invest Your Money to Advance Women and the Causes that Matter to You," The Forum of Executive Women Leadership Symposium, Philadelphia, May 17, 2019

  • Speaker, "Turning Force Majeure into a Force to Action: Lawyer Perspectives on Protecting and Managing the Health Care Client’s Supply Chain During," American Health Lawyer's Association Boot Camp, April 17, 2019

  • Speaker, “Compliance with CMS’ Hospital Pricing Transparency Law,” New Jersey Hospital Association, General Counsel and Compliance Officer Affinity Group, Princeton, NJ, February 25, 2019

  • Speaker, "A Roundtable Discussion of Key Issues Facing Women Health Care Attorneys," Women's Leadership Series, Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, American Health Lawyers Association, February 5, 2019

  • Speaker, “Graduate Medical Education: What’s New Again,” NJHA Teaching Hospitals Affinity Group Meeting, December 14, 2018

  • Speaker, "Compliance with the Conscience Law: The Challenges of Anti-Religious Discrimination Regulations," The New Jersey Hospital Association, Compliance Affinity Group, Princeton, New Jersey, September 26, 2018

  • Speaker, "Critical Elements of Effective and Compliant Hospital-Provider Transactions," Providence Health System, June 2018

  • Speaker, "Navigating the Complexities of the Regulatory Framework for Sophisticated Provider Transactions," St. Vincent's Medical Center, April 2018

  • Speaker, "How Can Great Philadelphia's Health Care Industry Benefit From Gender Diversity in Leadership?," The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, October 6, 2017

  • Moderator, "Key Topics of Women Lawyers in Healthcare," Women's Leadership Series, The Medicare and Medicaid Institute, American Health Lawyers Association, October 2017

  • Speaker, "OIG Resource Guide: Lessons from the Field," New Jersey Hospital Association, Princeton, NJ, August 16, 2017

  • Speaker, "Changing Liability Landscape for Hospital Board Members," Lourdes Health System, Binghamton, NY

  • Speaker, "What Every Hospital Board Member Needs to Know about the Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Laws," Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY

  • Speaker, "Health System and Medical Staff Compliance with the Equal Access to Healthcare Requirements of Section 1557," Providence Health System, Washington, DC

  • Speaker, "340(B) Compliance: Ensuring Compliance and Effective Auditing," The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA, September 26, 2017

  • Moderator, "Conversations in the Boardroom: Building the Boardroom Pipeline for the C-Suite," The Forum of Executive Women, Philadelphia, PA, October 12, 2017

  • Speaker, "Practical Pointers for Hospitals Handling the Opioid Crisis", American Health Lawyers Association, September 8, 2017
  • Speaker, "Building a Community of Engaged Attorneys," Ascension Legal, St. Louis, MO, October 2016

  • Speaker, "Health Care Reform in PA – Where Are We Now?," 2015 Bench Bar & Annual Conference, Philadelphia Bar Association, October 16, 2015

  • Speaker, "Growing an Internal Firm Culture: Fostering Personal Vocation & Community," American Health Lawyers Association, Women's Leadership Institute, Nashville, TN, April 15, 2015