Trenda Ray Joins Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway as Chief Nursing Officer

CONWAY, Ark. – Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway recently welcomed Trenda Ray, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, as the hospital’s new chief nursing officer.

Before joining Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway as CNO, Ray served for more than 12 years in various leadership roles at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, including serving as chief nursing officer. She also served for more than 10 years at Arkansas Children’s Hospital as an RN, later an APRN in the CVICU, and served as the Director for Clinical Operations in Ambulatory before leaving to join UAMS. 

Ray earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia in 1997 after first earning her associate’s degree in Nursing in 1993 from Garland County Community College. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing in 2000 and a PhD in Nursing in 2010, both from UAMS. 

“I am a passionate advocate for patient safety as well as the wellbeing and safety of our team,” Ray said. “We have a very special place here at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway – the culture, compassion and focus on patient safety are truly exceptional.”

Since opening in 2016, Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway has focused on the ever-evolving health care needs of residents in Faulkner County and surrounding communities with Christian compassion and personal concern.

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