Joel Allison, the longtime CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health, will step down from the sprawling, not-for-profit hospital system early next year. He will assist in finding his successor.
Allison joined Baylor’s health system in 1993 as chief operating officer and was promoted to the corner office in 2000. Allison and his wife, Diane, will live in Waco, Texas, and he will carry out his advising duties from an office in Temple, Texas.
Allison’s official last day will be Feb. 1, when he turns 69. He will move into a senior adviser role with a focus on philanthropy and other areas outside of the day-to-day business. Baylor Scott & White is launching a national search for its next CEO.
Allison said in an interview Tuesday that he doesn’t view the move as retiring but rather as “taking on a little bit different role.”
“When I see retirement, I think of people who stop, go play golf, go fishing,” Allison said. He added, though, that he will certainly golf and fish when he can.
In 2013, Allison spearheaded the merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, creating today’s massive system that covers large swaths of central Texas. Baylor Scott & White is the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas with 48 hospitals, a health insurance company, more than 5,800 affiliated physicians and 40,000 employees.