Baptist Health Announces Hospital Leadership Appointments in North Little Rock, Conway

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Baptist Health hospitals in North Little Rock and Conway recently welcomed new members to their leadership teams.

At Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock, Kimberly Walker, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, has accepted the position of chief nursing officer. 

Walker joins the healing ministry with nearly 25 years of nursing experience. She most recently served as divisional chief nursing officer over two facilities in Slidell, Louisiana: Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore and Slidell Memorial Hospital. 

Prior to joining Ochsner, Walker was chief nursing officer for St. Joseph Hospital, a Tenet Health facility in Tucson, Arizona. She has held various roles in other leading organizations such as HCA Healthcare with direct oversight responsibility of surgical services, emergency services and critical care. 

At Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway, Ian Stewart, MBA, has been named associate vice president (AVP) of hospital operations. 

Stewart joins the Conway hospital’s team with over 10 years of experience in health care, providing leadership and supporting several teams such as environmental services, facilities, therapy, security, biomed, nutritional services and more. He most recently served as assistant administrator for Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, South Carolina. 

Throughout his career, Stewart has had proven success in implementing new programs, policy management, helping to grow volumes and improving the patient experience.


About Baptist Health

For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app.