Baptist Health Announces Leadership Change for Western Region

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Harrison Dean, who has served Baptist Health for 37 years, and is currently Western Region president, has announced his plans to retire later this year.

“We knew that this time was coming for Harrison and we couldn’t be more appreciative for his years of commitment to Baptist Health and for his service to western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma,” said Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “At the same time, we are thrilled to be adding a seasoned and proven leader to compliment the team that is in place in the Western Region.”

Kim Miller will become president of the Baptist Health Western Region effective April 20. She most recently served as president and CEO of Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Inc. in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Miller will oversee the system’s hospitals in Fort Smith and Van Buren as well as affiliated physician clinics. Baptist Health’s Western Region has approximately 1,600 employees.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Baptist Health family in Arkansas and getting to know the people in the River Valley,” Miller said. “I believe our caregivers are our most valuable asset and I am looking forward to investing in this group of people and helping to provide River Valley residents the excellent patient care they deserve.”

Miller has more than 40 years of health care experience, in addition to being a registered nurse and a board-certified fellow from the American College of Healthcare Executives. She received a master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania.

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