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John McWhorter, DSc, MHA

John McWhorter, DSc., M.H.A. is senior vice president of Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) and president of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (Baylor Dallas). In his system role as senior vice president of BHCS Hospital Division, McWhorter has responsibility for 18 hospitals, including both acute care and specialty hospitals with nearly $3 billion in net revenues and over 100,000 hospital admissions annually. At Baylor Dallas, McWhorter is responsible for the leadership and management of a 1,065-bed not-for-profit academic medical center including oncology, transplant, digestive disease, cardiovascular, surgical services, and women's and children's service lines. Baylor Dallas has been nationally recognized for 20 years as a U.S. News and World Report top hospital. In addition, McWhorter oversees Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, Our Children's House at Baylor, Baylor Specialty Hospital, Baylor Health Enterprises and the Baylor Research Institute.

McWhorter has more than 20 years’ experience with BHCS. He began his health care career as an administrative resident at Baylor Dallas in 1984. Later he became an assistant vice president with the Baylor Health Affiliates Group in charge of special projects and ancillary support for five community hospitals. From 1987-1991, he served as executive director of the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. McWhorter left BHCS in 1991 to serve in health care leadership positions at several hospitals. He returned to the BHCS in 1996 as president of Baylor Medical Center at Garland, a role he held until his promotion to chief operating officer at Baylor Dallas. As COO, McWhorter lead many growth plans for the Baylor Dallas's outpatient services and initiated a culture change with focus on service excellence, which resulted in an increase in patient satisfaction scores from the 50th percentile to the 93rd percentile in less than 12 months. He became president of Baylor Dallas in 2005 and has since continued to lead the flagship hospital of BHCS in providing safe, quality, compassionate care.

McWhorter is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance. McWhorter recently completed his Doctor of Science degree in health administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Prior to that, he completed his Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

McWhorter is active in the community having served on the Salvation Army Board, Garland Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council and on the Southwest Transplant Alliance Board. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Need Him Ministries and Greater Dallas YMCA Board of Directors.

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