Dedicated to Wellness, Driven by Purpose

On February 16, 1921, the Pulaski County Circuit Court ordered the incorporation of Baptist State Hospital, and the organization that would eventually grow into the Baptist Health system was born.
Though the original hospital opened its doors with less than a hundred beds in a small building, the purpose was significant – create a healthier community through compassionate care and innovative services.

While much has changed over the past century, our goal has remained the same, and has served as the driving force behind all we’ve accomplished. Today, Baptist Health is the state’s largest healthcare provider with more than 200 access points. As the only Arkansas-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization, we provide you with the care you need — both on our campuses and in your community. Through groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and dynamic community outreach programs, our services go beyond caring for the sick. By meeting you where you live, wherever you are on your wellness journey, Baptist Health helps you live your healthiest, happiest life.

Baptist Health will improve the health of Arkansans by changing the way healthcare is delivered.

Baptist Health exists to provide quality patient-centered services, promote and protect the voluntary not-for-profit healthcare system, provide quality health education, and respond to the changing health needs of the residents of Arkansas with Christian compassion and personal concern.

Baptist Health is more than a business –– it is a healing ministry. Our healing ministry is based on the revelation of God through creation, the Bible, and Jesus Christ. At Baptist Health, care of the whole person ­­–– body, mind, and spirit –– is an expression of Christian faith. We are instruments of God’s restorative power and are responsible for giving compassionate care.

In fulfilling our mission, we place special emphasis on the values of service, honesty, respect, stewardship, and performance.


Quality service is the foundation of any successful business and is even more essential in the provision of healthcare. Our success is dependent on each employee’s desire and commitment to serve others.


Adherence to the moral values of fairness, integrity, and honor in all relationships is a major priority.


All people are to be treated as individuals with courtesy and thoughtfulness. Respect for each person’s dignity and worth is essential. Patients are to be treated with concern and compassion.


We prudently commit our resources, using our talents and strengths in an effective and efficient manner. Our facilities and equipment are maintained with pride.


Desired characteristics of Baptist Health employees include initiative, dedication, talent, and knowledge tempered by common sense. The highest possible performance from all employees is expected, but never at the expense of our values. It is imperative that complacency and mediocrity be avoided through innovation and progress.