Get Rachel Levine essential facts below. View Videos or join the Rachel Levine discussion. Add Rachel Levine to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
After moving from Manhattan to central Pennsylvania in 1993, she joined the staff at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She had, by 2014, become a "top doctor" at the facility. During her tenure there, she had created Penn State Hershey Medical Center's adolescent medicine division, and eating disorders clinic. She was in charge of the latter when she was nominated for the position of Pennsylvania Physician General in 2015.
In 2015, Levine was nominated by Governor-elect Tom Wolf to be Pennsylvania's Physician General. She served in this post until 2017.
Secretary of Health
In July 2017 Governor Wolf appointed Levine as Secretary of Health. She was unanimously confirmed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature.
Levine signed an order that allowed law enforcement officers to carry the anti-overdose medication naloxone. She has credited the drug with saving the lives of almost 1,000 opioid users who had overdosed.
2020 coronavirus pandemic
Levine briefing COVID-19 measures with Gov. Tom Wolf on March 13, 2020
As the state secretary of health, she leads the public health response on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania . She works closely on a daily basis with the FEMA director and leads a daily press briefing.
On March 21 Levine said during a press conference "A state-wide shelter in place was not out of the question.".
2020 coronavirus nursing home scandal
Levine was accused of removing her own mother from a "personal care" home, despite calling for nursing homes throughout the Commonwealth to readmit residents testing positive for Coronavirus after they were declared healthy enough to leave the hospital.
Levine's defense in the face of this accusation was that personal care homes do not fall under the jurisdiction of her own agency, despite the fact that nursing homes and personal care homes are very similar and both pose significant health risks if they readmit COVID-positive residents released from hospitals.
She was previously married and has 2 children, David and Dayna. She made the decision to transition (from man to woman) in 2011. Levine and her wife, Martha Peaslee Levine, divorced in 2013 but remain "good friends". When she transitioned, she chose the name Rachel for its similarity to her birth name, Richard; she later learned that her parents had planned to name her Rachel, had she been born female.