Meet Michael Lawson
President, South Market
Michael Lawson is a president at OhioHealth responsible for OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, the OhioHealth Pickerington and Westerville Medical Campuses and the future OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital. Mr. Lawson is also responsible for leading the strategic development and operations of OhioHealth’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program and the freestanding Emergency Departments throughout central Ohio. Mr. Lawson is the accountable executive for the OhioHealth Quality and Affordability initiative linked to Workforce Innovation.
Mr. Lawson has 32 years of healthcare management, operations and strategic development experience. He joined OhioHealth in 2009 as Grant’s chief operating officer. He was named president in 2013. He has been instrumental in partnering with physician medical staff and helping lead associates, as well as management, to improve patient care, promote efficient hospital operations and serve the community.
Mr. Lawson began his career at the Cleveland Clinic in 1985 performing chest X-rays. As he transitioned to administration, from 1994 to 2001, he 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 eight years of experience serving as back-up to hospital presidents in roles as the vice president of operations and chief operating officer at the Cleveland Clinic and then at OhioHealth.
Mr. Lawson 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.
Mr. Lawson is a board member of many local community organizations, including MedFlight, MedCare and Franklin University. Previously, Mr. Lawson served on the board for the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Westerville Endoscopy Center, Eastside Surgery Center and Downtown Endoscopy Center. He is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, Medical Group Management and National Association of Health Service Executives.
He enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with family and friends.