James H. Hinton will become president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, on Jan. 16, 2017, the Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees announced today.
Hinton, a recognized leader with more than two decades of CEO experience, comes to Baylor Scott & White from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system in New Mexico — the largest in that state.
Hinton will succeed retiring President and CEO Joel T. Allison, who has led the organization for 23 years.
Hinton has served in his current role at Presbyterian since 1995, and has been with the organization since 1983. Known for helping to build Presbyterian into a model statewide integrated delivery network, Hinton worked to grow the Presbyterian Health Plan, which now serves more than 470,000 lives; and he was deeply involved in building the Presbyterian Medical Group — a practice of more than 800 providers. Also during his tenure, he drove clinical quality and disciplined management processes, and he developed new models of care, which garnered national attention.
“During this time of incredible change in healthcare, Jim brings exceptional experience that will help move us into the future,” said Jim L. Turner, chairman, Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees. “He is one of the few health system leaders in the country who has successfully navigated an organization from a focus on volume to a focus on value; and beyond his impressive accomplishments, those he leads are quick to say he is best known for promoting a caring culture.”
Hinton is also recognized nationally for his exceptional leadership in the community. He served on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association from 2011 through 2015. In 2014, he was the chair of the organization that represents nearly 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks and other providers of care through advocacy and public policy.
“I have always been impressed with Baylor Scott & White’s reputation for high-quality care, for its dedication to its mission, its service to its communities, and its innovative strategies,” said Hinton. “I am honored to now be in a position to help continue to advance the organization and its move toward population health.”
Allison will work with Hinton to ensure a seamless transition of responsibilities, according to a Baylor Scott & White news release. .
Allison joined legacy Baylor Health Care System in 1993, was promoted to president and CEO in 2000, and became CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health following the 2013 merger with Scott & White Healthcare. Over more than two decades, he worked to grow the system to 47 hospitals and nearly 1,000 patient access points across North and Central Texas.
Hinton has received a number of leadership awards during his career, and he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2013 and 2014. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of New Mexico. Hinton will relocate to the Dallas area, along with his family.