Business 100 - 2009

Lawson Pete

Peter Lawson/HMA

Pete Lawson is the Executive Vice President for Health Management Associates, Inc. Lawson joined the company in April 1998 as Vice President of the Western Division.  In December 1999 Lawson was promoted to Senior Vice President and then Executive Vice President – Hospital Operations as an officer of the company in June 2001.  In 2007 he assumed responsibility for all development activity.

Lawson received his Bachelor of Business degree, with a concentration in Management Information Systems, from the University of Notre Dame and his Master’s in Health Administration from Duke University.  In 1995 he was awarded Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comer Award. Lawson’s father’s family comes from Co. Clare and his mother’s hail from  Tipperary. A third-generation Irish-American, he lives in Naples, Florida, with his wife Diane and three children. He says, “I constantly remind my own children of their Irish heritage so they support all immigrants to the United States who are struggling to obtain the American Way in the same way their ancestors struggled and succeeded.”