Peter McCanna and Jim Hinton (Courtesy: Baylor Scott and White Health)

Health Systems

Baylor Scott & White Health CEO Jim Hinton Is Stepping Down

He will be replaced by President Peter McCanna, who was recruited as Hinton's successor.

The state’s largest health system will have a new CEO. Jim Hinton, who took the top executive role at Baylor Scott and White Health in 2017, will retire at the end of the year, and current President Pete McCanna will assume the role of CEO on Jan. 1, 2022. 

Hinton came to Baylor Scott & White from New Mexico, where he spent more than three decades at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, the state’s largest healthcare provider. He was president and CEO of the system for his final 21 years. In his time with Baylor, Hinton has led the 51-hospital system through the COVID-19 pandemic, overseen expansion into new markets, and the development of community services. He was also chairman of the board of the American Hospital Association. 

On Tuesday morning this week, he participated in a panel on health disparities in Dallas. He discussed the need for organizations to work together to address the social determinants of health in our region’s most vulnerable communities. 

“Jim’s visionary leadership has been transformational. He energized and aligned our teams around shared commitments to our patients and communities,” said Ross McKnight, chair of the Holdings Board via release. “He raised the bar for what it means to be a successful, faith-based, not-for-profit system and has driven a strategy that is making Baylor Scott & White one of the most consumer-centric health organizations in the country.”

Hinton’s tenure with Baylor also included the announcement of a new partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and a new medical school in Temple, Texas, where medical students will be trained in Baylor Scott and White hospitals. The announcement reunited two organizations that split decades ago. But it hasn’t all been rosy news. Early in Hinton’s time with Baylor, the organization announced a merger with Memorial Hermann, the most extensive health system in and around Houston. The merger would have created one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country but was scuttled a year later when the two organizations couldn’t agree to the terms. While the hospitals persevered through COVID-19 and provided needed care to North Texas, the system also announced layoffs and furloughs during the pandemic as the stoppage of elective surgeries took its toll. 

Baylor also announced a partnership with the American Cancer Society and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to create the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge, which provides housing for families of cancer patients being treated in area hospitals. 

Soon after his hire, Hinton announced the recruitment of McCanna when he formed the Office of the President, which laid the foundation for his succession plan. “Pete is a leader of great integrity with a passion for evolving healthcare to better serve patients and members,” said Hinton via release. “There is no talent in the country better equipped and prepared to take this organization into the future.” 

McCanna has focused on operational excellence and clinical alignment and has been instrumental in the growth of the popular MyBSWHEalth app, which has 1.6 million users and allows patients to access their records and digitally schedule appointments. He was also a leader in the academic affiliations and development of the new medical school. He has been in healthcare management and consulting for 35 years and was the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare in Chicago before arriving in Dallas. He also spent time as the chief financial officer at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico and chief financial officer at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.

“I am honored and grateful to the Holdings Board for the opportunity to extend Baylor Scott & White’s legacy of success as we shape the future of healthcare delivery in new and innovative ways,” McCanna said via release.

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