Baptist Health Names New Chief Nursing Officer for Fort Smith, Van Buren

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Brandi Stewart, MBA, BSN, RN, recently joined Baptist Health as the chief nursing officer for Baptist Health hospitals in Fort Smith and Van Buren as well as the system’s River Valley clinics. 

Stewart has 25 years of nursing experience and most recently served as vice president and chief nursing officer of INTEGRIS Health Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon, Oklahoma. During her time there, Stewart spearheaded numerous initiatives to improve patient experience and quality outcomes. 

“I’m passionate about working closely with all members of a patient’s care team to improve safety, communication and the overall experience for both the patient and their families,” Stewart said.  

Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 2011 and later went on to earn a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from American Sentinel University, in Aurora, Colorado, in 2015. 

“Brandi brings a rare blend of leadership in nonprofit and for-profit sectors and a deep understanding of faith-based health care,” said Baptist Health Region President Jeff Carrier,.  “Her experience in advancing health care missions make her an exceptional addition to Baptist Health.”  

The Oklahoma native is married with three adult children and three grandchildren. She enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with her family in her free time.


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, Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization, is here For You. For Life. – with more than 250 points of access that include 12 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; and a graduate residency program. 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