In providing legal services to rural-area hospitals, Jon Kammerzelt gives his clients more than just a band-aid approach.
Kammerzelt, an associate at Quarles & Brady’s Madison office, works with hospitals and other health-care providers in the Midwest, many of which operate in rural areas. This allows him to establish strong relationships and become intimately familiar with his clients’ businesses.
“They (rural hospitals) don’t necessarily have the resources to have in-house counsel,” he explained, “therefore they rely on us often as counsel for a variety of things. … In turn, that allows us to serve the role as trusted adviser.”
One of Kammerzelt’s priorities is to ensure his clients are complying with every regulation they are subject to. These include the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, which requires treatment for anyone coming into an emergency room regardless of the ability to pay.
Beyond regulatory compliance, Kammerzelt finds himself dealing with matters like medical staffing and government investigations.
“One of the great things about my job is the phone rings and it could be one of a million types of issues,” he said.
By serving as a legal adviser to these rural hospitals, Kammerzelt is able to build strong relationships with the people who rely on him when they find themselves in a difficult situation. Knowing this brings him great satisfaction.
“It’s fun and rewarding to build strong relationships with genuinely good people that are devoted to helping people and improving health care in their community,” Kammerzelt said.
In turn, he added, “I feel like I’m making a difference.”
Beyond helping clients, Kammerzelt finds himself lending a hand in recruitment and coaching at his firm. In nominating him, Sarah Coyne, a partner at Quarles & Brady, said Kammerzelt serves on the firm’s recruiting committee and has received recognition for his work helping younger attorneys.
His work on the recruiting committee has him screening resumes, reviewing applicants and helping decide whether someone should get a job offer.
Kammerzelt, a Waukesha native, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2005 before earning both a Master’s degree and law degree at Syracuse University in 2010.