Baptist Health Hospital Leader Named North Metro Administrator of The Year

CONWAY, Ark. – Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Stephana Loyd was recently named Administrator of the Year at the North Metro Healthcare Awards luncheon. Underwritten by the University of Central Arkansas, the event was held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Centennial Valley Country Club in Conway.

The UCA North Metro Healthcare Awards honor individuals and companies that are making an impact on the overall health of the community they serve or their company employees. A panel of healthcare executives from across the country selects each year’s recipients.

Loyd was one of four local healthcare professionals and one company recognized at the luncheon. Administrator of the Year recognizes and honors a member of a healthcare company’s leadership team in the North Metro area who is dedicated to exceptional organizational quality, empowers their team and has a passion for improving the community they serve.

Now retired, Loyd began her career at Baptist Health 33 years ago as a nurse educator in Little Rock. She then moved to admissions where she was the department’s supervisor and then director. In 2001, she was promoted to assistant vice president of patient care. During this time, she led the Medical Surgical Unit, Critical Care Unit, Telemetry Department, Rehab Unit and the Emergency Department.

Loyd joined the leadership team at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway in 2015. She was instrumental in the opening of the new medical center where she helped to hire, staff and train new employees for the 111-bed hospital.

“Stephana exuded loyalty and dedication at work. She was passionate for those she cares for inside the hospital walls, whether it be training new employees or caring for patients and their families,” said Tim Bowen, BHMC-Conway vice president and administrator. “Baptist Health has been positively impacted by her leadership and dedication, and co-workers who know Stephana will say she genuinely influenced them as well.”

Loyd holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from UCA and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Other awards presented at the luncheon included Nurse of the Year, Workplace Wellness Award, Physician of the Year and Healthcare Professional of the Year.

About Baptist Health: Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system. With more than 175 points of access, including eight hospitals, Baptist Health is committed to delivering “All Our Best” in healthcare to Arkansans. For more information about Baptist Health Surgical and Specialty Clinic-Conway, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or visit our website at