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Ralph Lawson

Former Executive Vice President and CFO

Baptist Hospital South Florida


Ralph Lawson is a widely acclaimed expert in United States Healthcare. He has testified before Congress and has spoken at hundreds of healthcare meetings and conferences nationally and internationally. During his 30-year tenure as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Baptist Health South Florida, Inc., he was instrumental in expanding Baptist from a single hospital in Miami to the largest provider of healthcare services in South Florida. Baptist now operates ten hospitals and over 50 outpatient facilities in four counties with more than 25,000 employees.  Before joining Baptist Health in 1989, Mr. Lawson was a general partner with Deloitte responsible for the Florida healthcare practice.  He meets the Sarbanes Oxley and SEC definition of an Audit Committee Financial Expert.  Presently, Mr. Lawson serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and is the Chairman of the Board of Catholic Health Services, the largest provider of post-acute healthcare services in Florida. He is the past National Chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, with more than 40,000 members and 68 chapters.  Mr. Lawson is retained by Navigant, Inc., as a National Advisor. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.