Making one of his first public appearances as the new president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, James M. Hinton told members of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation board Tuesday that his transition is going “a lot better” than Donald Trump’s.
“None of my appointees have resigned, and I don’t tweet at night,” Hinton said with a smile.
Hinton took the reins at Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White last month, succeeding Joel Allison, the system’s longtime president and CEO. Previously, Hinton served as president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system in New Mexico and that state’s largest healthcare provider.
“It’s good to be in Texas,” the new CEO told foundation board members gathered for their quarterly luncheon meeting. “Typically in February I’m around a lot of Texans—but in the [ski] lift line at Taos. I wasn’t looking for a job when this one came around. But [Baylor’s] reputation and the opportunity to live in a community like Dallas were too much to pass up.”
The foundation’s fundraising efforts are vital, Hinton went on, because “there’s not enough money in patient-care revenue” to support the system’s world-class work. He concluded his brief talk by acknowledging the impact lawmakers might soon have on the healthcare industry in general. “No matter what comes out of Austin or Washington, D.C.,” Hinton said, “Baylor Scott & White Health will be here and will be one of the great healthcare systems in the United States.”
Hinton received a master’s degree in health care administration from Arizona State University in 1983, and a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1981 from the University of New Mexico. In 2014 he chaired the board of trustees for the American Hospital Association, which represents nearly 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks, and other care providers.