James D. “Jim” Hinton retired in 2012, having worked for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and its predecessor companies for 33 years, the last 23 of which he was the Vice President of Risk & Insurance. He was also the President of Health Care Indemnity, Inc., HCA’s captive insurance company. In these capacities, Mr. Hinton was responsible for overall management of HCA’s insurance, claims management and loss prevention programs.
Innovation was a characteristic of Jim’s 23 years of risk management leadership. He believed that practices can’t be changed unless they are measured…and the risk management job for HCA was not in underwriting or selecting the risk in a traditional sense, but in changing the risk for the better. In addition to having great success in changing risks and developing innovative loss prevention programs for his organization, he lobbied successfully with industry colleagues to change the legal environment by investing heavily in tort reform efforts in Texas, Nevada, etc.
A member of Humana’s team in 1989 that won its landmark captive tax case with the Internal Revenue Service, Jim was considered an expert in this area of risk management and was frequently asked to speak on captive insurance and various risk management topics.
Jim was an active member of RIMS Cumberland Chapter in Nashville. He was a CPA and a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the Kentucky Society of CPA’s, the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).
Jim was recognized as the Business Insurance magazine’s Risk Manager of the Year in 2005 for his successful programs at HCA. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a specialty in accounting, from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Louisville.
Jim Hinton is remembered for his heart and compassion as much as he is for his technical skills. He was the first recipient of HCA’s Phil Patton Community Service Award – awarded to an employee who demonstrates exemplary commitment to the needs of the underserved in the community. He served on the Boards of United Way of Metro Nashville and United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee where he led a successful capital campaign to raise money to buy the building that currently houses the organization. He was treasurer and Board President of Brightstone, an agency that creates educational, vocational and residential opportunities for disabled adults, his service spirited by his own son who is disabled with cerebral palsy. It was in this spirit of service and compassion that the James D. Hinton Memorial Captive Insurance Volunteer Award was created and awarded to Jim posthumously for his outstanding leadership within the captive insurance community.
Jim Hinton passed away in 2012.