Baptist Health Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Baptist Health Foundation recently welcomed Dr. Ryan Fitzgerald of Radiology Consultants as a new board member. Radiology Consultants provides imaging services for Baptist Health hospitals.

Dr. Fitzgerald, a Batesville native, has a personal and deeply impactful history with Baptist Health. He was diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta at a young age. The medical team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital communicated with the team at Baptist Health and decided that the best plan for him was to come to our healing ministry.

“I woke up on a device about the size of a washing machine at that time next to me that was pumping my blood for me,” Dr. Fitzgerald said. “I was told that I would need a heart transplant.”

While at Baptist Health, Dr. Fitzgerald received a heart transplant. The transplant was conducted by Dr. John Ransom and Dr. Steve Hutchins. 

“Not only is Baptist Health where I practice and work on a day-to-day basis, but this is also the place where I came to heal when I needed a heart transplant,” he said. “This is the hospital that made that happen.”

Dr. Fitzgerald and his wife for over 20 years are the proud parents of triplets. 

Baptist Health Foundation provides financial support to advance the healing ministry of Baptist Health through purposeful and philanthropic partnerships. 

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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.