Kate Darden, Vice President
Marketing and Communications
Birmingham, Ala---The Board of Trustees of Baptist Health System (BHS) announced today that Keith Parrott has been elected to the position of president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Parrott most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for BHS, with oversight of the System’s four 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. 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 System’s Memorial City and Southwest Hospitals and chief executive officer of the System’s Northwest Hospital.
“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.”
“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 said.
Parrott graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). 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; Deacon, Mountain Brook Baptist Church; and Advisory Council Member for the Junior League of Birmingham (2008-2010). Additionally, Parrott is a youth baseball coach.
Parrott and his wife Kristy have three children, Reid, Mary Kathryn and Benjamin.
About Baptist Health System
Baptist Health System is one of the largest health care systems in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers. The System is a not-for-profit, 501(c) corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama. Baptist Health System was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. Today it remains a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees.
December 10, 2013