Las Vegas, NV - June 27, 2012 - At The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Annual National Institute today, Ralph E. Lawson, FHFMA, CPA, ceremonially assumed the role as the association's National Chair for the 2012-13 term. The term became effective June 1, 2012.
Lawson is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables. He is also Chairman of the Board of Catholic Health Services in Fort Lauderdale. Previously, he was a partner with Deloitte.
A Fellow of HFMA and a Certified Public Accountant, Lawson received his Bachelor of Business Degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Colorado School of Business and his Masters Degree of Business Administration (with distinction) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
A member of HFMA since 1980, Mr. Lawson's involvement with the National Association includes serving on the Matrix (1987-88), the National Advisory Councils (2006-07), the Audit & Finance Committee (2007-12), serving as chair 2010-11, the Strategic Planning Committee (2010-12), serving as chair 2011-12, the Healthcare Leadership Council (2010-12), serving as chair 2011-12, the Executive Committee (2008-12), and the Board of Directors (2007-12). Mr. Lawson also served the Colorado Chapter as Vice President and Program Chair, Treasurer, and President. He has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.
"Ralph is a recognized provider leader and industry spokesman," says Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA, President and CEO of HFMA. "He has the experience, passion, and insight to lead HFMA at a pivotal time in health care, as we make the transition from a focus on volume to a focus on value."
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