Devereux Names Kelsey Lawson as New Senior Vice President, Chief Safety and Risk Officer

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VILLANOVA, PA — Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health announced the recent appointment of Kelsey Lawson, JD, to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief safety and risk officer.

In this role, Lawson will lead Devereux’s enterprise-wide client safety, risk management and quality improvement activities, ensuring the highest levels of oversight and accountability across the organization’s geographic footprint, spanning 13 states. Specifically, she will be responsible for continuing to advance Devereux’s enterprise risk management and mitigation programs. Lawson also will oversee the organization’s national Quality Improvement function and Executive Risk Management.

“Devereux is firmly rooted in a continuous quality improvement mindset. We are focused every day on meeting the promise of our Devereux Family Standard – upholding the trust placed in us by the individuals we serve, and their families,” said President and CEO Carl E. Clark II. “Previously, our many and comprehensive safety and risk management initiatives have been overseen by a team of leaders. The new position of Chief Safety and Risk Officer ensures strong, centralized oversight of these critical organizational priorities.”

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Clark added, “Following an exhaustive national search, we are thrilled to have Ms. Lawson join our senior team in this pivotal new role. Her impressive credentials and extensive leadership experience in healthcare quality, safety and risk management efforts make her the ideal selection. She will be an outstanding and powerful advocate for the individuals in our care, as she shares our belief that meaningful, continuous quality and safety improvements in the behavioral healthcare field require tireless focus and complete commitment. By taking a holistic, system-based approach, under centralized, best-in-class leadership, Devereux will continue to make significant advances, leading the field in program quality and safety.”

As Devereux’s senior vice president and chief safety and risk officer, Kelsey Lawson, JD, brings nearly two decades of senior leadership-level legal and risk management experience in the healthcare industry to this new position.

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Prior to joining Devereux, Lawson was the chief compliance and risk officer at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, where she oversaw the development and implementation of the health system’s corporate compliance program, internal audit, and enterprise risk management. She also served as chief compliance officer at North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale, Minn.; associate general counsel for the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis; attorney and consultant for Halleland Habicht, PA and Consulting in Minneapolis; and patient safety and risk officer at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Mont.

Lawson has earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a Master of Science in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota Graduate School of Public Health. She is a licensed attorney in Minnesota and Montana. Lawson is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Health Law Section Council and the Health Care Compliance Association. She has presented nationally on healthcare compliance issues and topics.

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