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Mary Beth Levine

Vice President, System Resource Management

University Hospitals

Mary Beth Levine is University Hospital’s Vice President of System Resource Management overseeing the facilities, real estate, construction, supply chain, and sustainability departments for the health care system. In her role she is responsible for developing and implementing the health system’s supplier diversity strategies. She began her career at UH in 2006 as Associate General Counsel devoting her time to the health system’s construction services and real estate departments. In that role she was primarily responsible for managing the legal work in connection with the hospital’s $1.2 billion Vision 2010 strategic plan that included the construction of two new hospitals and six other major construction projects. UH entered into a ground-breaking Project Labor Agreement for this construction program which included setting workforce targets related to diversity and place of residency and named the City of Cleveland as a third party beneficiary to the Agreement for the purpose of enforcing these goals for inclusion.

Most recently Mary Beth participated as an advisory member of a group working with the City of Cleveland and community groups on a model Community Benefits Agreement for major development projects. This Agreement reflects the parties’ commitment to the community by incorporating goals for Cleveland resident, Minority, Female and Small Business Enterprise participation, in addition to investments in the development of apprenticeship programs for area youth and adults.

She is an advisory Board member of the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation, a Greater University Circle initiative to build community wealth designed to keep the largest possible percentage of the area’s anchor institutions’ spending local. The Evergreen initiative catalyzes new businesses that will meet the purchasing needs of local anchor institutions, are worker-owned, pay living wages and offer benefits.

Prior to joining University Hospitals, Mary Beth acted as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to NCS Healthcare, Inc., a publicly-held, national institutional pharmacy provider. As general counsel she provided legal and strategic planning advice to the board of directors, senior management, and associates of the companies in addition to coordinating all in-house corporate legal matters.

Mary Beth began her career as an attorney at a Cleveland law firm where her practice was concentrated in the corporate, restructuring, loan transactions, and healthcare departments. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (1982) and a Master’s degree in Germanic Languages and Literature from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1982). Following graduation from Northwestern University she was awarded the Humanities First Year Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she taught classes while completing post-graduate work in Germanic Languages and Literature before attending law school in Cleveland, Ohio. Mary Beth received a JD (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1987.

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