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After serving eight years as President and CEO of INTEGRIS, Oklahoma’s largest, state headquartered non-profit health care system, Bruce Lawrence has announced his retirement.

INTEGRIS President and CEO Announces Retirement

After serving eight years as President and CEO of INTEGRIS, Oklahoma’s largest, state headquartered non-profit health care system, Bruce Lawrence has announced his retirement. Lawrence joined INTEGRIS in 2000 and served as President of INTEGRIS Baptist and INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Centers before becoming President and CEO of the system in 2010.

"I am grateful to have spent 17 years with INTEGRIS and deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead it alongside our dedicated physicians and staff. INTEGRIS has a legacy of delivering quality and innovative care, and it is positioned well for continued success. Our leadership team is very strong, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together, along with all of our employees during trying times in health care. This gives me great confidence in the future of INTEGRIS,” stated Lawrence.

Under his leadership, INTEGRIS has experienced growth operating eight hospitals, nine Centers of Excellence, and more than 160 family care and specialty clinics across the state. Lawrence oversaw construction and opening of the INTEGRIS Health Edmond medical campus, the groundbreaking of INTEGRIS Arcadia Trails Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center, and established joint ventures with Lakeside Women’s Hospital and Access Medical Centers.

He was instrumental in the development of Oklahoma’s largest clinically-integrated network of 1,200 physicians, known as INTEGRIS Health Partners and led INTEGRIS’ efforts to become the state’s only Mayo Clinic Care Network member.

Lawrence currently serves as a board member and Chair of Region 7 Policy Board for the American Hospital Association and is on the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Donna served as Community Co-Chairs of the 2013 United Way of Central Oklahoma’s campaign. He is a Fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives and with the American College of Health Care Executives. Lawrence is a past recipient of the Dean Duce Award as the outstanding graduate of Trinity University’s Health Care Administration program.

“Bruce is leaving a proud legacy of accomplishment despite challenging times in health care,” said INTEGRIS Health Board Chairman Pete Delaney.  “He has provided dynamic leadership as Oklahoma weathered a struggling economy and reduced payments for health care services and has worked with other industry leaders on national health care reform.”

Lawrence will retire at year end and will continue to serve as Senior Advisor to the Board Chair with a focus on philanthropy and other areas outside of operations.  A national search for his replacement is underway. Chris Hammes, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will serve in the interim as President and Chief Executive Officer.

“INTEGRIS and its network of physicians and staff continue to provide the highest-quality care at every level. Our focus will remain on serving our customers and communities as a lifelong health partner,” said Delaney.