Meet the leaders helping to build the health system of the future.
Chuck StokesPresident and CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System
Jim HintonCEO, Baylor Scott & White Health
Charles (Chuck) D. Stokes, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, joined the system in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In June 2017, he was named president and CEO of the System. In his role, Mr. Stokes is responsible for leading and overseeing Memorial Hermann’s network of more than 300 care delivery sites, 26,000 employees and 6,400 affiliated physicians in the Greater Houston area.
Mr. Stokes has nearly four decades of leadership experience in healthcare, and throughout his accomplished career has achieved success in service line leadership, quality and patient safety improvement, leadership development, employee engagement, and physician collaboration.
During his tenure with Memorial Hermann, Mr. Stokes has worked tirelessly to establish a culture of high reliability, innovation, and transformation throughout the organization. Under his visionary leadership, Memorial Hermann has attained unprecedented accolades in patient safety, high-quality care, and operational excellence.
Mr. Stokes models servant leadership with an emphasis on coaching and team building while using Malcolm Baldrige criteria as a platform for driving operational excellence. His leadership was most recently instrumental in helping Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital secure the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence.
As part of his commitment to developing the next generation of healthcare leaders, Mr. Stokes has taught numerous leadership development programs for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an organization of more than 48,000 healthcare executives working together to improve care delivery and population health. In 2017, Mr. Stokes was named Chairman of the ACHE Board of Governors and later that year was recognized as one of the top 25 COO’s in medicine by Modern Healthcare. Most recently, the Houston Business Journal recognized Mr. Stokes as one of Houston’s Most Admired CEOs.
Prior to his role with Memorial Hermann, Mr. Stokes served as president of North Mississippi Medical Center, a 650-bed tertiary hospital and a 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. He previously served as COO for three other healthcare systems.
Mr. Stokes, who is board certified in Healthcare Management as an ACHE fellow, began his career as a critical care nurse and nurse executive before completing his master’s degree in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Jim Hinton is CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, one of the most comprehensive not-for-profit health systems in Texas. As an integrated healthcare delivery network, the system provides a full continuum of healthcare services, in addition to medical education, research and community service. Mr. Hinton leads Baylor Scott & White in its vision to be the most trusted name in giving and receiving safe, quality, compassionate health care.
As CEO, Mr. Hinton oversees a health system that includes more than 1,000 patient access points across Texas, in addition to the Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance — a network of clinical providers and facilities focused on improving quality, managing the health of patient populations, and reducing the overall cost of care.
Previously, Mr. Hinton served as president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system in New Mexico, and the state’s largest provider of health care. He joined Presbyterian in 1983 and spent his last 21 years there as president and CEO. During his tenure at Presbyterian, Mr. Hinton led the development of its integrated system, which includes Presbyterian Health Plan and Presbyterian Medical Group.
Mr. Hinton served as the 2014 chair for the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which represents nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care through advocacy and public policy. He formerly chaired the AHA’s Committee on Research and the Operations Committee. He also served on the board of Premier healthcare alliance and chaired the board of the Healthcare Institute.
Among the industry honors he has received, Mr. Hinton was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2018, 2017, 2014 and 2013 and he was recognized in the 2013 “300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” published by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Mr. Hinton received a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Arizona State University in 1983 and a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1981 from the University of New Mexico.