Who: Joel Allison, 68
Current role: President and CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas. Allison spearheaded the giant merger of Baylor Health Care System with Scott & White Healthcare in 2014. He's been CEO at Baylor since 2000 and has worked with the organization since 1993.
What's next: He will give up the top spot by Feb. 1, 2017, and become a senior adviser to the system's board chairman. He doesn't view the move as retiring, but rather as “taking on a little bit different role.”
Move to merge: “The merger obviously was a great opportunity for us to further our mission and vision of population-health management. The merger really focused on becoming an integrated delivery network and that has been very, very positive. The organization is in a great position.” Baylor Scott & White has remained active, most recently creating a joint venture with Tenet Healthcare Corp. to co-own five hospitals in northern Texas.
Praise for employees: “We've got great people. One of the greatest joys of my career, particularly the last many years here, is the opportunity I've had with some of the finest, most committed men and women I've ever met. They're passionate about how we strive to be a high-quality, safe provider of care.”