Meet Michael Lawson
President, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
Michael Lawson provides strategic and operational senior leadership as president of OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Bone and Joint Center at Grant, other outpatient clinics and Emergency Medical Services across the OhioHealth system. He also has matrixed oversight of OhioHealth Pickerington Medical Campus, OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital, the OhioHealth Freestanding Emergency Department Network and OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus. He is also responsible for providing board level governance of the Med-flight helicopter and Med-Care ambulance joint venture companies serving OhioHealth facilities.
In addition, he is a member of OhioHealth’s finance and staffing review corporate committees, and an executive sponsor for OhioHealth’s WE D.R.E.A.M business resource group, an associate-led group that supports our African American associates. He is also responsible for partnering with OhioHealth executive leadership to develop a market-based strategic plan for the surrounding south Columbus communities that OhioHealth serves.
Michael has over 30 years of healthcare management, operations and strategic program development experience. He joined OhioHealth in 2009 as Grant’s chief operating officer. He was named president in 2013. In his various roles as president, he served as hospital and market president, partnering with medical staff and leadership to improve patient care, promote efficient operations and provide senior leadership for the development, operation and strategic oversight of hospitals, Freestanding EDs and ambulatory facilities.
Michael began his career at the Cleveland Clinic in 1985 performing chest X-rays. From 1994 to 2001, he transitioned into administration and held progressive management positions that advanced from an administrator role to senior level vice president positions responsible for service line, hospital-based and health system operations. From 2006 to 2013, he gained experience serving as right-hand to hospital presidents in roles such as the vice president of operations and chief operating officer at the Cleveland Clinic and then at OhioHealth.
Michael has published several books and articles on healthcare and leadership. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University and received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University.
Michael serves as an advisor and board member of additional organizations such as Franklin University and OhioHealth Home Health. He is a member of Executive Leadership Council. Previously, he served on the board for the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Westerville Endoscopy Center, Eastside Surgery Center and Downtown Endoscopy Center. He is a member of the national Executive Leadership Council, American College of Healthcare Executives, Medical Group Management and National Association of Health Service Executives.
He enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.