CEO Joel Allison: Merging Baylor Health Care System to Move Into the Future

Joel T. Allison, FACHE, has served as the president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System in Dallas since 2000, making him one of the longest-tenured health system CEOs in the country.

Mr. Allison has been in healthcare management for more than 30 years. He joined BHCS in 1993 and served as senior executive vice president and COO before becoming president and CEO.

Mr. Allison has overseen multiple changes and advancements during his time at BCHS, but one of the most major changes was announced in December. Baylor Health Care System and Temple, Texas-based Scott & White Healthcare signed a letter of intent to combine and create Baylor Scott & White Health. "In this time of great change in the healthcare industry, Baylor is looking forward and preparing to once again lead by joining forces with Scott & White to create this new model of care," Mr. Allison said in a news release. Mr. Allison will become the new company's CEO once a definitive agreement is reached sometime this year.

Throughout his career, Mr. Allison has been recognized for his success. Last year alone, he received the Texas Association of Business Distinguished Leaders Award and was named to Becker's Hospital Review's list of 50 of the Most Powerful People in Healthcare and its list of 300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.

Mr. Allison has served on the Healthcare Leadership Council and the Joint Commission Board of Commissioners and is a member of the United Surgical Partners International's board. He is also involved in the Texas and Dallas healthcare landscapes through serving on various boards.

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