Baptist Health Names Kelley Hamby as First System Chief Nursing Officer


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Baptist Health has promoted longtime nursing leader Kelley Hamby to a newly created position, system chief nursing officer. Hamby most recently served as the chief nursing officer for Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock. 

Hamby began her career with Baptist Health in 1990 as a unit coordinator (IA) and in 1994 she completed the registered nurse program at Baptist Health College Little Rock and began her career as a nurse at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock.  

In her new role, Hamby will assist Baptist Health with strategy, standards and improving quality measures for nursing across the healing ministry.

Hamby received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Master of Science in Nursing from the Western Governors University. 

Outside of her work, Hamby is active in the community, serving on the Arkansas Heart Association Board and the Workforce committee for the Arkansas Hospital Association. Additionally she serves as a member of the Arkansas Nurses Association, American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and the Arkansas Hospital Association (AHA). 

Hamby and her husband, Chuck, have two children: Edie and Matthew. They attend First Assembly of God church in North Little Rock.


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For more than 100 years, 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. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.