• After merger, Baylor Scott & White Health system to be led by Baylor alums

    Baylor Scott and WhiteFriday’s news of the merger between Scott & White Healthcare and Baylor Health Care System highlighted Baylor University’s leadership connections in the healthcare industry, particularly within Texas.

    For starters, there’s the Baylor name, as the new joint venture (now the state’s largest not-for-profit health system) will carry the name Baylor Scott & White Health. The nomenclature hints at the system’s original connections to Baylor University, as the entire system began with one hospital (today, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas) that started its partnership with the university almost a century ago.

    Two Baylor alumni will lead the organization. Joel Allison, BA ’70, will be the CEO of the new Baylor Scott & White Health; a BU Regent, Allison has served as president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System since 2000 and has regularly been named among the healthcare industry’s most prominent people. Dr. Robert Pryor, BS ’73, will serve as president and COO of the new effort after having led Scott & White as president and CEO since 2005.

    Two other prominent Baylor alumni will lead the joint board for Baylor Scott & White Health. Drayton McLane Jr., BBA ’58, has led Scott & White’s board for the last 12 years and will serve as chairman of the new board, and Jim Turner, BBA ’69, current chair of Baylor Health Care System’s board, will be the new chairman-elect. Both McLane and Turner are former Baylor Regents; McLane is the longtime head of the McLane Group and McLane Company, while Turner was the founder and owner of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group.

    Sic ’em, Bears in healthcare!

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