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​​T. Douglas Lawson, Ph.D., FACHE

President, Baylor University Medical Center
President, Central Division, Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas

T. Douglas Lawson serves as president of the Central Region of Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas, where he is responsible for the leadership and management of Baylor University Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie and Baylor Jack & Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. The central region represents more than 42,000 annual hospital admissions, 227,000 outpatient visits and more than 156,000 emergency room visits.

Baylor University Medical Center is a 952-bed not-for-profit academic medical center and is the f​lagship hospital of Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas. Baylor Dallas is a nationally recognized leader in oncology; transplantation; digestive and hepatobiliary disease; cardiovascular and thoracic care; orthopedics; neuroscience; and women's and children's services.

Prior to becoming president, Lawson served Baylor University Medical Center for three years as chief operating officer where he facilitated the redesign of surgical registration and admissions processes, and improved key organizational metrics, including patient satisfaction and hospital acquired conditions. In addition, Lawson worked with the senior leadership team to develop a long-term plan to modernize the campus and transition more than 1,300 medical staff members and students, and 3,000 clinical staff, to a comprehensive electronic medical order entry system and clinical documentation system.

Lawson began his health care career as an administrative resident and later administrative coordinator for cancer and prevention care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic. His knowledge and experience in running a comprehensive oncology program led to many accomplishments when managing other cancer programs, first at Northeast Louisiana Cancer Institute, and subsequently with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Network. Lawson later served as the president and chief executive officer of The Cancer Institute, LLC, a non-profit joint venture of Saint Luke’s Health System and Health Midwest in Kansas City, Missouri.

Successive accomplishments allowed Lawson to rise to a senior vice president and chief operating officer position at Cabell Huntington Hospital, a not-for-profit teaching hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, where he managed all ancillary, clinical and core hospital operations and infrastructure for three years. In 2007, Lawson returned to Texas and became president of Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, now Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine. During a five-year tenure in Grapevine, his leadership facilitated a Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center; the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) by the Quality Foundation of Texas; a VHA Leadership award for patient care of MI and CHF; and significant gains in patient satisfaction, employee engagement, risk-adjusted mortality and operating income.

Lawson is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He went on to complete a Master of Science degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a doctorate in philosophy from Dallas Baptist University. Lawson is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.​

Beth P. Beckman, RN, DNSc, FNP, NEA-BC​

Chief Nursing Officer, Baylor University Medical Center

Beth Houser Beckman is Chief Nursing Officer for Baylor University Medical Center.  Her previous leadership roles include Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer for Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine,   Director of Critical Care and Telemetry at Scottsdale Healthcare and Director of Nursing Research and Magnet Project for John C. Lincoln - North Mountain in Arizona. Since 2002, Beckman has been a Magnet appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and has been involved in all aspects of the application process and program evolution for greater than 50 leading health care organization across the United States and the world.  She is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow (2002 cohort) and coauthored with Dr. Kathy Player Pivotal Moments in Nursing: Leaders Who Changed the Path of a Profession Volumes I (2004) and II (2007)  and Words of Wisdom from Pivotal Nurse Leaders (2008) as partial fulfillment of the Fellowship. 

She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1978 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and completed her Master of Science degree from Arizona State University as a family nurse practitioner (1998). In August 2004, Beckman completed her doctoral dissertation, titled “Nursing Staffing Levels and Patient Outcomes,” at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. The Johns Hopkins University program of study was devoted to educating nurse scientists to utilize large databases to answer global health care questions. Her career interests include patient safety and nurse-sensitive quality indicators, excellence in professional nursing practice, interdisciplinary team building and creating a Magnet-like work environment.  Beckman has been a transformational leader of change to achieve excellence and has v​alued the principles of shared governance and empowering bedside nurse leaders to move quality metrics. 

Beckman has guest lectured at many schools of nursing, presented Magnet information at national conferences, and published extensively on both leadership and Magnet topics. She is an active member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International and American Organization of Nurse Executives.

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