Carrier Clinic CEO, Donald J Parker, Featured on NJ Power 50 Health Care List
March 20, 2017 (BELLE MEAD, NJ) – Carrier Clinic is pleased to announce that Donald J. Parker, CEO and president, is featured in the 2017 NJ Power 50 Health Care list compiled by NJ Biz, which was announced earlier this week.
The list reflects those who NJ Biz believes are the most important, influential, successful and powerful individuals who are making change within the healthcare industry in New Jersey.
This is the first appearance on the list for Parker, who shares the number 41 spot with Daniel Straus from CareOne.
I am honored to be recognized by NJ Biz in this year’s Power 50 Health Care list, along with so many respected colleagues in the healthcare arena. But I am also very proud to be on this list as the leader of one of the largest, independent providers of behavioral healthcare services in New Jersey. The changes we are seeing in behavioral healthcare are unprecedented, and I’m glad that mental illness and addiction are finally being recognized as diseases of the brain – worthy of the same, cutting-edge scientific treatment as cancer or heart disease.
Prior to joining Carrier Clinic in 2013, Parker served as the Vice President for Physician Services and Ambulatory Care at St. Joseph's Health System. Previously, Parker was appointed as President/ CEO of Atlantic Mental Health for 15 years and subsequently merged into the AtlantiCare Health System. At AtlantiCare, he served in multiple leadership roles, including V.P. of Business Development and President of AtlantiCare Health Services, where he developed and provided leadership to over twenty ambulatory businesses with forty-two locations. Parker’s capstone accomplishment at AtlantiCare was his participation on the Leadership Team of the Health System as it earned and was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige Award, a Presidential recognition for quality and achievement. He was also the Chief Operating Officer and a Partner for a Health Care Consulting firm, Carlisle and Associates.
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker who completed his Master’s Degree at Rutgers, Parker provides leadership in many civic and volunteer organizations as well. Don has served on numerous public and private boards, including public and college school boards, chairing New Jersey’s Association of Mental Health Centers for two terms, being a founding member and chair of Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, and chaired a New Jersey Supreme Court Committee responsible for rewriting divorce regulations for the State. He was recently honored by the Boy Scouts of America with The Toast of Scouting Award, presented for outstanding community service and leadership. He currently serves as a board member on The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, New Jersey Hospital Association, and the Somerset County Business Partnership and the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees.