Executive Vice President
West Texas and Southern New Mexico
Richard Parks oversees Covenant Health System, including Covenant Medical
Center, Covenant Women’s and Children’s and Covenant Specialty
Hospital, all in Lubbock, as well as the Covenant Medical Group and Covenant‐affiliated
and managed health care providers in West Texas and New Mexico.
Parks’ career in health care system leadership spans 27 years, including
11 years at the CEO level. Parks possesses significant experience leading
not‐for‐profit health care systems serving mid‐size and rural communities,
and has a strong reputation as a leader who can establish effective working
relationships with physicians.
Parks served as the president and CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH).
WTH is one of the 10 largest not‐for‐profit public systems in the country,
with six hospitals and more than 5,500 employee associates. Prior to working
at WTH, Parks was the president and chief executive officer at Cape Fear
Valley Health System in Fayetteville, N.C. for seven years.
Parks received his Bachelor of Science, Marketing from the University
of South Carolina. He received both a Master of Health Administration
and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Parks is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.