Nancy Ardell

Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel

Nancy is a seasoned attorney with over 25 years of experience in healthcare, senior living and banking. She has had executive leadership responsibility for the strategic oversight of legal, risk management, compliance, workers compensation, claims and litigation, and insurance matters. Within the health care sector, she has consistently played a lead role in building high performing teams and fostering cultures of safety, transparency, service, and operational excellence. In addition, Nancy has served as a board member for off-shore insurance captives and physician joint ventures.

Prior to joining FCS, Nancy served as Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer for Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH), a $1.8 billion community-based health system in the Chicago area. She provided governance support to the health system, hospital and affiliate boards, and served as an advisor to the Medical Executive Committee and a member of various ethics committees. Nancy led negotiations, due diligence and the regulatory approval process for NCH’s merger with NorthShore University Health System a multi-hospital system.

Previously she served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Enlivant, which operates 230 assisted living and memory care facilities across 26 states, and she held various in-house counsel roles with increasing responsibility at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now known as the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab).

After earning her undergraduate degree in economics from DePauw University, Nancy began her career in banking with ABN-AMRO/LaSalle National Bank in Chicago. She later received her Juris Doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.