Baylor Scott & White Health CEO Splits its Top Post into Two Roles

Peter McCanna (Courtesy of: LinkedIn)

Baylor Scott & White Health is splitting its president and CEO leadership roles, both of which have been held by Jim Hinton since he joined the system in January. Hinton will pass off the newly created role of president to Peter McCanna in September. Hinton will remain CEO.

McCanna most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. Possessing more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience, he grew Northwestern’s operating revenue from $700 million to more than $5 billion, and improved patient experience, employee engagement and quality goals, and maintained an AA+ bond rating. Prior to Northwestern, McCanna served as chief financial at Denver-based University of Colorado Hospital and New Mexico-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services, where he also worked under Hinton.

According to Hinton, the new position was created to “further expand the capabilities of [Baylor Scott & White Health’s] already talented leadership team.” He also said the move was made to “drive down costs, while making the right investments in key areas.”

While McCanna was not yet able to speak on the specific tasks he will assume in his new role, he told D CEO Healthcare his thoughts on coming back to Texas, being a team member at Baylor Scott & White Health, and working with Hinton again.

“Personally, it was a great opportunity to take because my wife is from Texas, and I met her at UT,” McCanna said. “Professionally, it was a great opportunity because the health system’s reputation within Texas and nationally for providing value-based care… and to be able to work with a leader like Jim Hinton and the prominent board of community and business leaders.”

McCanna said he’s excited to be rejoin Hinton. “I always hoped when I left 15 years ago, our paths would cross again,” he said.

And as McCanna takes on this new role, he said he’ll “initially [be] spending a lot of time with key leaders and the staff. I’ll be listening in on meetings and understanding what their ideas are for the health system,” he said. “But the priority is pretty clear: they really work to provide exceptional care and an exceptional experience to the customer that’s safe, timely, and at an affordable price. If we can continue doing that…that’s the core purpose of our work.”

McCanna earned his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature at the University of Michigan and his master’s degree at the University of Texas.

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