Tom Parker joined that Mammoth Hospital team as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Parker brings extensive experience in the health care industry to his position, having started working in hospitals when he was 16 as a surgical orderly. Following graduate school, he worked for Legacy Health System in Oregon for 14 years holding positions from Administrative Associate to Administrator of Legacy at Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham, Oregon. Tom comes to Mammoth most recently from Snoqualmie Valley Hospital in Snoqualmie, Washington, where he served for eight years, first as Chief Operating Officer and later as CEO.
Parker obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration as well as an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He believes in gathering the unique perspectives of stakeholders and engaging them in planning, learning the perspectives of industry experts and colleagues who have done or are doing similar work, and building on that understanding and on those relationships to create a common vision. He works to distill that understanding down to manageable steps that become strategic and tactical plans. This management style can be summarized in three words, says Parker: “listen, learn, lead.”
This approach served Parker well at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, where he prioritized financial viability and continuous quality improvement. Together with executive team members, he planned for a new replacement hospital, including all design aspects and equipment planning. He also spearheaded Snoqualmie Valley Hospital’s improved financial performance, achieved through productivity enhancement and service volume growth.
Parker was drawn to the CEO position at Mammoth Hospital for the scope of services provided, the expertise and commitment of the medical staff, the high regard the community has for its hospital, and the similarity to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital (which is also a Critical Access Hospital and a Public Hospital District). Parker said that once he had the opportunity to meet Board members, managers, and medical staff, he was further convinced that Mammoth Hospital was the place he wanted to be.
When asked what he is looking forward to most about living in the Mammoth area, Parker said “The cohesiveness of the Mammoth community, combined with the beauty of the area and unlimited outdoor recreation made this a tough opportunity to pass up. Parker grew up skiing in Utah but hasn’t skied in a number of years. He plans to change that in Mammoth and get back out on the slopes again. In addition, Parker plans to get to know the highways of the Sierra this summer on his motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson Street Glide. He and his wife Kristen are both active in their church and look forward to serving in the local congregation and in the community. Finally, Parker is happy to be closer to his family and to be able to share with them the splendor of the Eastern Sierra when they come to visit. Parker and his wife Kristen have kids and grandkids in Utah and the Napa Valley, and extended family in Arizona.