Baylor Scott & White Health CEO to leave post, transition to advisory role: 11 things to know

Joel T. Allison, president and CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health, will leave his post next year to take on an advisory role.

Here are 11 things to know about Mr. Allison and his transition.

1. Mr. Allison plans to transition from his current role as president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, to senior advisor to the chairman of the Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees, effective Feb. 1, 2017.

2. In his new role, Mr. Allison will advise the board chairman in the areas of advocacy, philanthropy and medical education.

3. Mr. Allison joined Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System as senior executive vice president and COO in 1993, and was promoted to president and CEO in 2000. He became CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health following the 2013 merger of Baylor Health Care System and Temple, Texas-based Scott & White Healthcare.

4. Mr. Allison, in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, created Baylor's Faith In Action Initiatives, which has since helped communities in dozens of countries through medical missions, disaster relief and by providing supplies to local free-access clinics and ministries, according to Baylor Scott & White Health.

5. Also during Mr. Allison's tenure, Baylor Scott & White Health created an accountable care organization — the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, now one of the largest ACOs in the country.

6. Additionally, Mr. Allison has received various honors and accolades throughout his career, including the prestigious B'nai B'rith National Healthcare Award," which recognizes individuals and corporations "that set the standards for health and education initiatives that better the lives of people throughout their communities and around the world."

7. Outside of leading Baylor Scott & White Health, Mr. Allison serves nationally on the Healthcare Leadership Council, the Wall Street Journal CEO Roundtable and the United Surgical Partners International board.

8. Scott Becker, publisher of Becker's Healthcare, notes Mr. Allison is an unusally gifted leader. "He is high integrity, highly principled and an extremely thoughtful and effective leader," Mr. Becker adds.

9. Following his transition on Feb. 1, 2017, Mr. Allison will office in Temple.

10. Mr. Allison has mixed emotions about the transition. He told Becker's Hospital Review he's excited about the future and spending more time with his wife and six grandchildren, but at the same time, he says it will be difficult leaving a great organization. He added he's truly enjoyed serving with his colleagues at Baylor Scott & White Health and will miss working with them. "It's just been a wonderful wonderful experience for me. I've been blessed. I look forward to the next phase of my life. I know the organization's in great hands," Mr. Allison says.

11. Baylor Scott & White Health will conduct a national search for Mr. Allison's replacement.


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