Temecula Valley Hospital Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Temecula Valley Hospital Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

Temecula Valley Hospital welcomes Dave Lawson as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Lawson will oversee Laboratory, Pharmacy, Cardiac Services, Radiology and Surgical Services at the hospital.

Dave LawsonMost recently, Lawson served as Associate Administrator of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas where he helped plan and complete multiple capital projects including a 36-bed Medical/Surgical and Oncology Unit expansion; a Labor and Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Postpartum renovation and expansion; and a 32-bed Medical/Surgical Unit renovation. Additionally, he had administrative responsibility for Plant Operations, Imaging, Respiratory Therapy, Rehab Services, Laboratory, Security, Healthcare Technology Management, Food and Nutrition, and Outpatient Pharmacy, and Staffing Officer responsibilities.

Before Summerlin, Lawson spent four years with Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas, in various leadership roles, including Performance Excellence Administrator, Director of Physician Relations and Medical Affairs, and Administrative Fellow. Earlier in his career, he served as an Administrative Resident of Operations and Quality at HealthPartners in St. Paul, Minnesota; Administrative Resident of Outpatient Services and Retail Clinics at Salem Health in Salem, Oregon; and an Administrative Intern of Operations at MultiCare Valley Hospital in Spokane Valley, Washington.

"We are very pleased to have Dave join our Temecula Valley Hospital leadership team," said Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital. "His extensive background and variety of experience within different hospital departments will be very valuable to support our staff."

Lawson received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University - Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho.

Lawson says, "I am so pleased to join Temecula Valley Hospital and look forward to being a part of this terrific community!"