BHS board names Parrott new president, CEOcomment (0)
December 19, 2013
The Baptist Health System (BHS) board of directors announced Dec. 10 that Keith Parrott was elected the new president and chief executive officer.
Parrott most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for BHS, with oversight of the four BHS hospitals, as well as patient experience, marketing, strategic planning and business development.
Parrott joined BHS in February 2008 as president of Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham. Prior to that, he spent 17 years with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas, holding several management positions, including assistant vice president for operations at the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston and Southwest Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and chief executive officer of the Northwest Hospital in San Antonio.
“Keith is a superb choice to lead BHS through what continues to be a challenging environment for health care,” said John Holcomb, chairman of the BHS board of trustees.
“Keith’s leadership is proven and he is joined by an excellent management team that is ready to move forward in serving our patients.”
Parrott said, “I am honored by the opportunity to build upon such a legacy of excellence and compassion and look forward to helping shape the innovative, patient-first ways in which we will serve our communities to better health.”
Parrott graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree and received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) in Houston, Texas. He is board certified in health care management and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Parrott was an American Hospital Association/Health Forum “Creating Healthier Communities” Fellow in 2002 and has served as adjunct faculty for the Healthcare Administration Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
He was honored in 2003 as the Outstanding Alumnus of the UHCL Health Care Administration Program and was recognized in 2007 as a Distinguished Alumnus of UHCL.
Parrott’s community activities include membership in the 2010 class of Leadership Birmingham; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Hospital Advisory Committee; Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA) State Regulatory Committee member; secretary, Birmingham Regional Council of AlaHA; Kiwanis of Birmingham; and Advisory Council member for the Junior League of Birmingham (2008–2010).
Parrott is a member of Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham, and serves as a deacon there.
Parrott and his wife, Kristy, have three children.