Richard Carter, president and CEO of Hunt Regional Healthcare, has announced his retirement after 25 years with the organization. Carter will continue working through the remainder of the year and will take his leave effective the end of December 2021.
Carter began his employment with Hunt Regional in February of 1996. Before moving to Greenville, he was employed with Quorum Health Resources in Franklin, North Carolina.
Carter’s career in healthcare spans four decades, during which time he has overseen operations of acute care services, managed care negotiations, network development, physician relations, personnel management, performance improvement, service development, customer service, budget, strategic planning, construction management, plant operations, marketing and community relations.
He has served as administrator to hospitals in Kingman, Kansas; Fredonia, Kansas; and Franklin, North Carolina prior to his arrival at Hunt Regional. In addition, he was an assistant administrator in Chipley, Florida and assistant controller at Parkway Regional Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
During his tenure at Hunt Regional, healthcare in Hunt County has experienced material growth throughout the organization including the addition of the Lou and Jack Finney Cancer Center, the area’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care unit, freestanding emergency departments in Commerce and Quinlan, expansion to the hospital’s surgery center, the addition of a state-of-the art cath lab, a nationally certified cardiac rehabilitation program, development of Medical Partners physician clinics, construction and expansion of inpatient care, technological advances, growth in therapy services, and numerous other advances on behalf of the community.
“I have been the joyful leader of this wonderful organization since 1996 and I can truthfully state, it has been my honor and pleasure. I believe the organization is steadfast, in a strong competitive position and this will provide time for me to focus more on faith, family, travel and completing my life list,” said Carter.
“This past year was a period characterized as one of the most traumatic in our country. However, our hospital was able to rally around each other, identify the key priorities, develop creative solutions and as a result, we not just survived, we thrived. I expect Hunt Regional to continue this pursuit and achievement of excellence while I am here and following my departure. We have so much to be thankful for: a purpose that supports the growth of us as caregivers and individuals and a vision to provide for a group of citizens that call on us every day for support,” he said.
Carter is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Greenville Noon Rotary Club and an avid alumnus of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). He is actively involved as a board member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Texas and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. He is a faithful member of Family Fellowship in Greenville and he and his wife, Marlen, are the parents of three adult children and three grandchildren.
The Hunt Memorial Hospital District Board has begun their search for a new chief executive officer in cooperation with the organization’s human resources department. A recruitment replacement plan is currently in action with the expectation the new president/CEO will be named in advance of Carter’s departure.