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Alfred B. Knight, M.D. assumes new role as Healthcare Foundation President April 15
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Texas Business reports:  Alfred B. Knight, M.D. will finalize his transition from president and chief executive of Scott & White Healthcare to his new full-time role as president of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation (Scott & White's philanthropic arm), effective April 15, 2011.

The board appointed Knight to the Foundation leadership position in August 2010, in addition to his continued service as president and chief executive of the merged hospital and clinic system and health plan, now known as Scott & White Healthcare.

At that time, Knight stated his intent to work in tandem with his named successor, chief operating officer Robert W. Pryor to insure a smooth transition of leadership.

“We are grateful to Dr. Knight for his continued vision, wisdom and steady guidance as Scott & White begins a new chapter in its history,” said Scott & White chairman Drayton McLane in a prepared statement.  “Recognizing that health care systems like Scott & White are best positioned to make the most efficient use of resources while providing the highest quality care, our focus must now shift to integrating the facilities that make up our system today.”

At the time of White’s appointment in 2000, Scott & White was comprised of one hospital in Temple and 16 clinics.

Scott & White now consists of 12 hospitals and hospital partners, more than 60 clinics, a health plan and multiple subsidiaries. The system recently purchased land in Marble Falls and College Station to build two more hospitals.

“The Scott & White Foundation has embarked on an ambitious fundraising campaign that has already given rise to many important initiatives such as creating a new Children's Hospital and building a regional medical center in the Hill Country,” said Knight. “As Foundation president, it will be my goal to build awareness and support for the facilities and programs that enhance our ability to provide the level of patient care for which we are known.”

A former chair of the VHA Texas Board of Directors, Knight, 64, was named to Modern Healthcare's 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in 2010. At the height of the health care reform debate, he was invited to present to a national forum in 2009 in Washington, D.C. on the subject "How Do They Do That?; Low-Cost, High-Quality Health Care in America." Scott & White Healthcare was the only Texas health care system and one of 10 health systems from across the country invited to the conference.

Knight joined Scott & White in 1986 as a member of the medical staff in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. He became department chair in 1992, led the Graduate Medical Education program and in 1998, became the institutional medical director for Scott & White Clinic. In 1999, Knight became associate director of the clinic board of directors. The following year, he was named president and chief executive of Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Scott, Sherwood and Brindley Foundation and Scott & White Clinic. He is also President of the Scott & White Health Plan.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Knight received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He is a professor in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with sub-specialty certification in maternal-fetal medicine.

Scott & White Healthcare is a non-profit collaborative health care system established in 1897 in Temple.  The system, one of the nation's largest multi-specialty group practices, provides personalized, comprehensive, high-quality health care enhanced by medical education and research.  The system's Temple campus serves as the principal clinical four-year teaching facility for the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.  Scott & White Healthcare includes 12 hospitals or hospital partners (with plans for two additional hospitals), more than 60 clinic locations throughout Central Texas and staff exceeding 13,000 (including more than 800 physicians and scientists and nearly 400 specialized health care providers).