WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ralph E. Lawson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Baptist Health South Florida, has been elected to the National Board of Directors of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), effective July 1, 2013. His term will run through June 30, 2016.
Lawson served as the 2012 Miami-Dade County Chairman of LLS's Light The Night® Walk, providing leadership to an event that raised $900,000 to support the LLS mission. He returns as 2013 chairman of the walk.
Baptist Health is the largest, not-for-profit healthcare organization in South Florida, with seven hospitals and more than 30 outpatient facilities spanning three counties. With more than 15,000 employees and over 2,000 physicians, Baptist Health is considered one of the nation's top employers, according to well-known workplace surveys such as Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For. In addition, Baptist Health hospitals were recognized for high quality and patient safety with numerous national and regional awards from U.S. News & World Report.
Prior to joining Baptist Health, Lawson spent 17 years at Deloitte, the last eight years of which were as a partner responsible for the Florida healthcare practice.
Lawson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado and a Master's degree of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Catholic Health Services, which employs over 3,000 people providing healthcare services primarily to the elderly of South Florida. He is the Immediate Past National Chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), which has over 40,000 members.
Lawson is also a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs, and was a former chairman of the FICPA Healthcare Committee. Additionally, he is an HFMA Fellow. He is the past president of the Coral Springs Soccer Commission, Inc., one of the largest soccer clubs in the United States.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society