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IU Health Names General Counsel

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Indiana University Health has named Mary Beth Claus general counsel. She most recently served as deputy chief legal officer and director of the health care regulatory department at the Cleveland Clinic.

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January 11, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- An esteemed Hoosier has returned to Indiana to serve as the new general counsel for Indiana University Health.

Mary Beth Claus was chosen to lead the statewide health system’s legal department following a nationwide search to replace Norman G. Tabler who retired in December after sixteen years with the organization.

Claus, a veteran attorney with nearly two decades of experience practicing in health and life science law throughout the Midwest, is the second person to serve in the position. In her new role, Claus will direct the academic health system’s statewide regulatory, internal audit, corporate compliance and insurance operations departments. Claus started at IU Health last week.

“Healthcare is a challenging and ever-evolving industry that requires the nation’s sharpest minds,” said Daniel F. Evans, Jr., president and chief executive officer at IU Health. “Mary Beth brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the IU Health team, and we look forward to her many contributions.”

Claus comes to IU Health after spending the past three-and-a-half years as deputy chief legal officer and director of health care regulatory for the Cleveland Clinic where she oversaw all of the medical center’s regulatory and legal compliance matters. Prior to that, she lived in Indianapolis and worked for nearly a decade as a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels (formerly Baker & Daniels) where she managed legal representations for a wide variety of health and life science clients and advised on regulatory and compliance strategies during the development of new hospital integrations, joint venture initiatives and specialty clinics.

Her career also includes several years spent managing the healthcare practice group as a partner at Bingham, Summers, Welsh and Spilman and two years working as an operational and executive liaison for former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, advising him during the Medicaid budget overhaul of 1992.

Claus, who is well-known for having mentored many female lawyers, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America and Indiana Super Lawyers, including the distinction of being one of Indiana’s top 25 female lawyers. She was also active in the community during her previous stay in Indiana where she spent several years working on the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, serving as a board member for MDWise, Inc., the Wishard Memorial Foundation and Safe Sitter, Inc. as well as serving as a chairperson for the Indiana’s Children’s Trust Fund.

Claus received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and her law degree from Indiana University. Claus is also a past recipient of the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the state’s highest award given to a civilian.

Claus, the oldest of nine children, learned early the importance of debating a well-researched point and has since witnessed how everyone working in a healthcare organization can contribute to patient care.

“Even though I won’t be working at the bedside, my experience has taught me that every team member makes contributions towards improving patient care,” said Claus. “I’m amazed at what IU Health has accomplished since I left the state. I am proud to be a part of the organization and look forward to helping further its mission.”

Claus lives in Carmel with her husband, David, with whom she has three grown sons – Nate, Ben and Ryan. Claus and family are thrilled to be back in Indianapolis and look forward to enjoying time on the Monon Trail, riding the River Walk bike trails and dining at family favorite, Café Patachou.

About Indiana University Health

Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S.News & World Report for 15 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.

Source: Indiana University Health

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