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Agency Tags New Chief Executive

Lawson Previously Top Financial Officer

By ROBERT E. BARNES

Special to the Chronicle

Isabella Lawson has been named chief executive officer of Community Health Centers of Oklahoma.

The non-profit agency has an annual budget of $14 million.

The agency’s 160 employees provide primary care health services to individuals and families throughout central Oklahoma.

Mrs. Lawson replaces Rosalyn G. Johnson, who resigned recently after serving for more than 10 years as the organization’s chief executive.

Mrs. Lawson, who has been with Community Health for more than 10 years, most recently served as the organization’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

  She has a track record in financial management in both the private and non-profit sectors that include higher education, oil and gas and healthcare. Her career also includes a 10-year stint as the operations director in the School of Agriculture and Extension at Langston University, and two years as an internal auditor at Conoco.

  She received an undergraduate degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University, and a master of business in accounting degree from Oklahoma Christian University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

The agency was founded in 1971 to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to northeastern Oklahoma County residents.

Community Health has expanded its reach and today records nearly 50,000 annual patient visits at its eight different service sites that are located in communities in Oklahoma, Lincoln, Logan and Pottawatomie Counties in Oklahoma.

Three service sites also include dental care programs.

The agency operates the Central Oklahoma Healthy Start Initiative in Oklahoma City, a Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program that provides free foods, nutrition counseling and access to health services for low-income pregnant or post-partum women and children under age 5, in Spencer, and the Healing Hands Health Care Services program in Oklahoma City.

The latter is the largest provider of professional primary healthcare for homeless adults in the region.

Isabella Lawson

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