Q & A with Pete McCanna
Get to know Baylor Scott & White ’ s new CEO
hen Pete McCanna first joined Baylor Scott & White Health as president in 2017 , he was drawn to the organization because of its commitment to serving others , its outstanding reputation , and the opportunity to make a lasting impact in the health of communities – an intersection of his personal passions and values .
Having been in healthcare for over 30 years , he states that he continues to be inspired by the people and teams he gets to work alongside . Here ’ s what he has to say when it comes to philanthropy :
What role does philanthropy play in a healthcare system like Baylor Scott & White ?
I really believe that philanthropy is the key element for excellence in a healthcare organization .
First , it creates great opportunities to
Pete McCanna , CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health
connect and engage with people who are influential and committed to improving their community . These individuals are really connected to hearing our story , to providing real , actionable feedback , and to serving as our ambassadors in the community when they see excellence in the work we do . The leadership , guidance , and support we receive from these engaged philanthropists help us amplify our mission and make a lasting impact in the way we provide care .
Second , philanthropic support serves as the key element that takes us from being very good to excellent . It provides the extra investment and resources to support innovations in new treatments , innovations in clinical trials , and innovations in delivering care in new and different ways .
Why do you think Baylor Scott & White receives such generous support from community donors year after year ?
Great organizations have great philanthropic donors who support them . And in my experience , donors want to give money to organizations that are going to make good use of their gifts and those that are effective stewards of their dollars . I think we have a proven track record for that .
Relief for Refugees
Faith in Action Initatives assist Ukrainian refugees
As part of our Pastoral Care program at Baylor Scott & White , Faith In Action Initiatives ( FIAI ) were created as a means of strengthening the spiritual lives of Baylor Scott & White staff , as well as empowering medical mission work both locally and internationally .
FIAI helps employees connect with local volunteer opportunities and works to bridge the gap between healthcare and faith communities . It also supports staff on medical missions to care for underserved populations and victims of natural disasters by providing “ Second Life Resources ” – retired medical equipment and supplies . Every month , the initiative sends one to three shipping containers filled with medical supplies and equipment to humanitarian aid and
medical missions across the world .
FIAI reached out to its partners in Ukraine and the surrounding areas after the Russian invasion to assess the needs . Baylor Scott & White began collecting excess wound care , medical , and surgical supplies and boxing them for shipment to the war-torn region to help in the humanitarian efforts . Dozens of volunteers packed up cardboard boxes filled with medical supplies and food kits to be delivered to those who need them in impacted areas .
In addition to humanitarian aid , FIAI administers programs that enhance the spiritual and emotional care of patients , their families , and staff , in ways that include devotionals , lectures , and Bible studies .
Baylor Scott & White All Saints Health Foundation is honored to be a part of Birdies for Charity 2022 . The concept is simple : now through May 20 , make a pledge for every birdie made during the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club , or make an outright donation , and the Charles Schwab Challenge will donate an additional amount to Baylor Scott & White All Saints Health Foundation based on a pre-determined percentage of total pledges collected . Your donation will go farther when you team up with Birdies !
To learn more about any Baylor Scott & White All Saints Health Foundation initiative , contact the Foundation at 817.922.7707 or email AllSaintsFoundation @ BSWHealth . org . Write to us at 1400 Eighth Avenue , Fort Worth , TX 76104 .