ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jim Hinton, who has served as president and chief executive officer of Presbyterian Healthcare for the past 21 years, announced Monday he is leaving to take the top slot at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas – the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the country.
Hinton, who grew up in Albuquerque and began his career with Presbyterian a month shy of his 24th birthday, was only the sixth executive to lead Presbyterian since its founding in 1908.
Presbyterian is New Mexico’s largest health care system and one of the state’s biggest private employers, with 11,000 employees.
Hinton will take over at Baylor Scott & White in January, succeeding retiring President and CEO Joel Allison, who has steered Baylor Scott & White to $9.7 billion in assets, 47 hospitals and 44,000 employees.
“Presbyterian and New Mexico will always be part of who I am,” Hinton, 57, said in a Journal interview.
“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.”
Hinton, who also has had many civic affiliations in Albuquerque, will be succeeded at Presbyterian by Dale Maxwell, who has been named interim CEO. Maxwell, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, has been with the organization for 16 years.
“Jim has set us up for continued success,” Maxwell said. “He has done a great job positioning Presbyterian for growth.”
Presbyterian’s board chairwoman said the announcement was a bittersweet one.
“Today is a day to celebrate Jim’s leadership and the indelible legacy he will leave with our organization,” said Kathie Winograd. “We look ahead to the future.”
Winograd, president of Central New Mexico Community College, said the board had no immediate plans for a CEO search.
“Fortunately, Jim is leaving behind a deep talent bench,” she added.
Maxwell, a native of Silver City, currently has oversight of finance, data and analytics, and information technology. He has served as chief financial officer for the Presbyterian system, CFO of the health plan and chief operating officer of the medical group.
Presbyterian has grown under Hinton to include eight hospitals around the state, with a new medical center underway in Santa Fe, and the formation of the Presbyterian Medical Group with more than 800 providers in 30 locations. Presbyterian Health plan, a for-profit subsidiary, insures 470,000 members in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans.
Before becoming CEO in 1995, Hinton had served in other capacities at Presbyterian since 1983. He is an Albuquerque native and graduate of Highland High School. He later attended UNM, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Arizona State University.
Hinton was first contacted in June by a recruiter doing a nationwide search to fill the Texas job. He takes the helm at Baylor Scott & White effective Jan. 16. He declined to say what he has made in his current position and what his compensation will be in the new job.
“During this time of incredible change in health care, Jim brings exceptional experience that will help move us into the future,” said Jim Turner, chairman of the Baylor Scott & White Holdings’s board of trustees, alluding to the uncertain challenges in the health care landscape. “He is one of the few health system leaders in the country who has successfully navigated an organization from a focus on volume to focus on value.”
Hinton said the new job has elements of what he has most enjoyed at Presbyterian: overseeing a health plan, a medical group and hospitals. The medical landscape is a little different in the Lone Star State, he said. Texas remains the state with the most uninsured, so extending coverage will be one of the tasks he expects to tackle with other health care leaders.
Hinton dedicated many hours to volunteer work in the community, with service that included chairing the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central New Mexico and Mission Graduate.
He will relocate to the Dallas area, along with his family, in December.
Monday’s announcement follows Presbyterian Health Plan’s disclosure earlier this year that it had signed a letter of intent to provide Medicaid-managed care services to a group of 11 health systems in North Carolina. The company is planning a $20 million addition to its corporate headquarters in Albuquerque to accommodate as many as 600 new employees.
The partnership, which is subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare Services and North Carolina insurance regulators, is called Provider-Led Patient-Centered Care. If given the green light, Presbyterian Health Plan will become a minority owner of the new entity.