Baylor University Medical Center Gets A New President

Steve Newton takes the reins at 914-bed Baylor University Medical Center.

Baylor Scott & White Health named a new leader of its flagship Dallas location on Monday. Steven Newton, who’s been with the system since 2004, will become the new president of Baylor University Medical Center.

Former president T. Douglas Lawson took a job in February as head of Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives’ Texas market, which includes Houston-based CHI St. Luke’s Health (the Houston Business Journal has more details there). The job has been filled on an interim basis by Scott Peek since then. Peek, chief operating officer at BUMC, will continue to serve in that role following the move.

Newton starts on July 9. He will oversee the system’s North Texas central region, which includes Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie and Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Center – Dallas in addition to BUMC.

He’s currently the president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine and the west region. He headed the system’s Fort Worth campus prior to that.

“Steve is a strong leader and we are fortunate to have him at the helm of Baylor University Medical Center during this time of healthcare industry transformation,” John McWhorter, chief operating officer for Baylor Scott & White, says in a statement.

Newton takes up leadership at one of the largest hospitals in North Texas. The system says 914-bed BUMC serves more than 300,000 patients a year. It has more than 1,200 physicians and almost 5,000 employees.

Baylor Scott & White will slide Eric Wallis into the interim president role at its Grapevine campus while a search is conducted for Newton’s replacement. Wallis is that facility’s chief operating officer and chief nursing officer.