Baptist Health Names New Vice President of Hospital Operations in North Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.Jessica Rivera, MSN, RN, FACHE, has been named the vice president of hospital operations for Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock. 

Rivera received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and Lean Six Sigma certification from the University of Michigan.

Joining Baptist Health with more than 20 years of operational experience, Rivera was most recently the CEO of Meridian Health in Houston, Texas. Prior to her service at Meridian Health, Rivera was COO/CNO at Memorial Hermann-Cypress in Cypress, Texas, where she oversaw the opening of the new hospital and subsequent expansion. 

Rivera has been a part of other leading health care systems such as HCA Healthcare, Honor Health and Providence Health prior to her time with Memorial Hermann.

At Baptist Health, Rivera will lead the North Little Rock hospital’s procedural-based departments, clinical support departments and ancillary services. 


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 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; 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