Dr. Rich Parker previously served as Chief Medical Officer for the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO), a value-based, physician and hospital network headquartered in Westwood, Massachusetts. Under his leadership, BIDCO ranked as the highest performing Accountable Care Organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ranked third nationally in 2013. After 27 years, Dr. Parker joined Arcadia Health Care which analyzes clinical data to foster improvements in patient care quality, practice efficiency, and financial performance.
"When I wasn’t playing with the Longwood Symphony, I was always listening to music. I consider listening to music as important as playing. So, the break was not a complete break for me because I learned how to play jazz violin because my son is a jazz pianist. I really enjoyed that because it uses a different part of the brain to play that kind of music than classical music without the written page in front of you. I’ve also played folk music, in square dance orchestras, and fiddle music with bands all while I wasn’t with the LSO. Just by chance, by taking this wonderful new job at Arcadia, I played duets at the office with my colleague, Amy. She had asked me to come back to the LSO, and I thought that was a wonderful idea. I just hadn’t thought about the LSO in a long time and decided to go to a concert. I was super impressed with the difference and quality of the orchestra that I thought to myself, “Wow, this is really going to be fun.”"