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Baylor Scott and White Health appoints new chief executive officer

James Hinton will succeed retiring president and CEO Joel Allison, who led Baylor Scott and White for 23 years.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Following a national search, Baylor Scott and White Health, a Texas-based nonprofit health system, has appointed James Hinton its new president and CEO.

He'll succeed retiring president and CEO Joel Allison, who led Baylor Scott and White for 23 years, and is slated to take the helm on Jan. 16, 2017.

Hinton is currently serving as CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, the largest nonprofit healthcare system in New Mexico, a position he's held since 1995. He has been with the organization since 1983. Credited with building Presbyterian into a healthy statewide integrated delivery network, Hinton worked to grow the Presbyterian Health Plan, which now serves more than 470,000 people. He was also deeply involved in building the Presbyterian Medical Group,  a practice of more than 800 providers.

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Additionally, 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, which represents nearly 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks and other providers of care through advocacy and public policy.

Hinton 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. He'll relocate to the Dallas area with his family.

"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," said Jim Turner, chairman of Baylor Scott and White Holdings' Board of Trustees, in a statement, "and beyond his impressive accomplishments, those he leads are quick to say he is best known for promoting a caring culture."

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