President Mark Valentine: Asks "Why Not" at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano

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Mark Valentine has served as president of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano (Texas) since 2006. As president, Mr. Valentine oversees Baylor Health Care System's second dedicated heart hospital. The $100 million facility, which opened in January 2007, is a partnership between Baylor Health Care and 115 cardiovascular physicians and surgeons who practice in North Texas. The Heart Hospital is recognized as one of the top 10 largest heart surgery centers in the country, one of the largest cardiothoracic surgery programs in the state of Texas and one of the busiest heart surgery centers in the Dallas- Fort Worth metroplex.

Mark Valentine CEO of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano Asks Why NotMr. Valentine's 21 years of experience working with cardiovascular physicians and comprehensive heart facilities helps him lead The Heart Hospital successfully. He has been instrumental in growing and expanding the hospital's advanced services. Under his leadership, the hospital has received advanced heart failure certification and recognition as a top performer on key quality measures from The Joint Commission as well as a Press Ganey Summit Award for emergency department and inpatient satisfaction.

"Having experienced every level of the organization throughout my career, I have a unique appreciation of the operations and teamwork that encompasses hospital leadership. Healthcare is a continual learning environment so it is important that I am visible in the organization and take time to understand and set the culture to make this the best place to give and receive quality care. I live by the philosophy: 'Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were, and say 'Why not?'" says Mr. Valentine.

Prior to joining Baylor Health, Mr. Valentine served as regional vice president of cardiology and vascular services for the Cleveland Clinic Health System Western Region, where he was responsible for three Ohio hospitals' cardiovascular programs and two cardiothoracic programs. From 1991 to 2002, he was director of heart and lung services at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio. In 2002, he joined St. John West Short Hospital in Westlake, Ohio, as vice president of cardiovascular services.  

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