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Joel Allison

Joel Allison is a special advisor to the chairman of the Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees. He was previously president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health. He's been a leader in the health care industry for more than four decades, and he's been on Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list since 2004. He's a huge Baylor Bears fan, a fisherman and a proud grandfather of six.

Our fight against cancer gets personal

Personalized health is the future of medicine and a focus of Baylor Scott & White Health’s mission. For several years, we have been exploring opportunities in what is known as precision medicine with the goal of developing personalized treatments tailored to a patient’s individual gene sequence. Baylor Scott & White’s progress in this area is …

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Was Baylor Scott & White merger the right thing to do?

I am often asked why Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare merged in 2013. Like many big ideas, it had simple beginnings. Believe it or not, it actually began with a discussion over breakfast that eventually led to the board approving the merger. Dr. Bob Pryor, now the president, chief operating officer …

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Allison: Charity care key to Baylor Scott & White mission

It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made. James Stewart, as George Bailey, is shown by his guardian angel what his hometown of Bedford Falls would be like if he had never been born. It is interesting to imagine what it would be like if a hospital system such …

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Businesses, Not the Government, Still Steer Health Care Innovation

During World War II, federally imposed controls prohibited employers from raising wages to attract workers, but the War Labor Board at that time decided that “fringe” benefits, such as health insurance, didn’t count as wages. And that was the rise of employer-sponsored health insurance as we know it today—a way for companies to differentiate themselves …

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What’s the Cost of Not Incentivizing Preventative Care?

When 50-year-old Michael Kelly recently ended up in a Dallas emergency room, he was told his diabetes was out of control and was now threatening his life. He already knew he was diabetic—he was actually diagnosed 10 years earlier, but he says he simply wasn’t eating right or taking care of himself and didn’t realize …

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