MED MOVES: Baylor Scott & White Announces Transition Plan

The transition will occur January 1, 2022.

Texas’ largest not-for-profit health system will have a new CEO in 2022, as Dallas-based Baylor, Scott & White announced Thursday that CEO Jim Hinton will retire and hand the reins to President Pete McCanna, effective January 1.

"Jim’s visionary leadership has been transformational. He energized and aligned our teams around shared commitments to our patients and communities," Holdings Board Chair Ross McKnight said in a statement. "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 is credited with transitioning Baylor Scott White in a direction “to make quality healthcare more accessible and affordable for Texans,” the statement read. The board’s statement focused on Hinton’s efforts to emphasize patient safety, improve employee engagement, and improve operational performance each year of his time as CEO, including a final year of unprecedented challenges responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He arrived January 16, 2017, after 33 years leading the not-profit-Presbyterian Healthcare Services, New Mexico’s largest provide. By July 2017, Hinton had recruited McCanna to lead the Office of the President, thus creating a succession plan. McCanna previously served as Presbyterian’s chief financial officer before moving to a higher position at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare in Chicago.