“Presbyterian Has Never Been in a Stronger Position,” Hinton Says.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – James H. Hinton, who has served as Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ President and Chief Executive Officer for the last 21 years, announced today that he has accepted the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas and one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the United States.
Hinton will join Baylor Scott & White on January 16, 2017. In a sign of continuity and stability, the Presbyterian Healthcare Services Board of Directors has appointed Dale Maxwell as interim CEO, with no immediate plans to begin a CEO search, said Katharine W. Winograd, PhD, Chair of the Presbyterian Board. Maxwell currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Presbyterian.
“Today is a day to celebrate Jim Hinton’s leadership and the indelible legacy he will leave with our organization. We look ahead to the future with confidence, knowing that Presbyterian is a strong and trusted healthcare system, serving more than one in three New Mexicans with healthcare services or health coverage,” said Winograd.
“Presbyterian and New Mexico will always be part of who I am,” said Hinton. “I have devoted 34 years to this organization and the patients and health plan members we serve. I have been given an incredible opportunity to bring my leadership experience to Baylor Scott & White and I am humbled and excited to work with a great team and build on their legacy and success. There is no ‘good time’ to leave but I know that Presbyterian has never been in a stronger position to make a difference for the patients and members in New Mexico.”
Hinton is only the sixth executive to lead Presbyterian since its founding in New Mexico in 1908.
Hinton has been instrumental in leading the growth and expertise that Presbyterian has seen over the last three decades. With eight hospitals across New Mexico and a new medical center on the way in Santa Fe, the formation and impact of Presbyterian Medical Group, with more than 800 providers and more than 30 locations, and the growth of Presbyterian Health Plan to more than 470,000 members in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid products, Hinton has led a team at Presbyterian that has built one of the nation’s most integrated and recognized integrated healthcare systems.
A leader in New Mexico and within the healthcare industry, Hinton served as the 2014 chair for the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which represents nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care through advocacy and public policy. He has been recognized as a Hospital and Health System Leader to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2015, 2014 and 2013. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2014 and 2013.
Maxwell, who will assume CEO responsibilities in January, joined Presbyterian in 2000. Nearly his entire healthcare career has been spent in systems with healthcare delivery and a health plan. At Presbyterian, Maxwell has oversight of finance, data and analytics and information technology. Throughout his tenure, he has served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Presbyterian system, CFO for Presbyterian Health Plan and Chief Operating Officer of Presbyterian Medical Group.
“The Board is fully confident that Dale has the experience and the strong values to lead Presbyterian,” said Winograd. “Presbyterian has the right model of healthcare delivery with a health plan, and the right strategy to be successful in a changing healthcare landscape.”
About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state’s largest private employer with approximately 11,000 employees.