Executive vice president and chief nursing officer, Baylor Scott & White Health
Walker is part of a unique dyad with Baylor Scott & White Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alex Arroliga. Together they oversee a clinical team of roughly 7,500 physicians and 16,000 nurses, working at 51 hospitals and 1,110 care sites. They’ve constructed a framework for strong doctor-nurse collaboration. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, they conducted three-times-a-week planning calls with operational leaders across BSW. They also promoted a model that empowered front-line workers and emphasized safety. Walker also added a weekly call with the system’s chief nurses and nursing vice presidents to share best practices.