Jenita J. Gillespie, CP, MBA is the Director, Legal Operations for Bon Secours Mercy Health, Inc. Bon Secours Mercy Health, Inc. is the United States’ fifth largest Catholic health care ministry and one of the nation’s 20 largest health care systems. Jenita joined the healthcare system in June of 2011 as a Paralegal for Mercy Health Youngstown and assumed the role of Legal Billing Administrator for the entire Mercy Health system in November of 2012. As the Legal Billing Administrator, Jenita was recognized for reducing outside legal fees with an initial savings of $1.2 million in the first year and assisting in establishing system-wide outside counsel guidelines. Jenita has extensive experience in e-billing on both the law firm side and client side. Jenita was promoted to Manager, Legal Information Systems in May of 2015 and later to Director, Legal Operations. As Director of Legal Operations, Jenita is responsible for leading several critical functions within Bon Secours Mercy Health’s Legal Department across the system, including but not limited to legal expense control, rate negotiation with external law firms, litigation holds, and contract management. Jenita manages all workflows, processes and procedures for the Bon Secours Mercy Health Legal Department improving efficiency across the system.
Jenita earned her Associate’s Degree in legal studies from ETI Technical College, Bachelor’s Degree in business from Kent State, and Executive Master’s Business Administration from Kent State. Jenita studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey and Prague, Czech Republic during her Executive MBA program. Jenita maintains her certification as a Certified Paralegal through NALA.
Jenita serves on the ETI Technical College Advisory Board, Lakewood College Advisory Board, Beatitude House Board of Directors, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and The Junior Civic League of Youngstown.