A major leadership change will be happening at Baptist Health in April.
Baptist Health’s Western Region president Harrison Dean has announced his intention to retire in April. A 37-year veteran at Baptist Health, Dean has held a range of roles at Baptist Health since 1983. He began as a vice president, overseeing Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock, before moving up to senior vice president of regional hospitals and clinical services. In 2012, he was named senior vice president of regionals hospitals.
Kim Miller has been named as Dean’ replacement, and she will take over as Western Region president effective April 20. Most recently, Miller served as the president and CEO of Beaver Dam Community Hospitals of Beaver Dam, Wisc.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Baptist Health family in Arkansas and getting to know the people in the River Valley,” Miller said. “I believe our caregivers are our most valuable asset and I am looking forward to investing in this group of people and helping to provide River Valley residents the excellent patient care they deserve.”
In her role as Western Region president, Miller will oversee Baptist Health’s hospitals in Fort Smith, Van Buren and affiliated physician clinics. This region houses approximately 1,600 Baptist Health employees.
“We knew that this time was coming for Harrison and we couldn’t be more appreciative for his years of commitment to Baptist Health and for his service to western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma,” Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health, said in a statement. “At the same time, we are thrilled to be adding a seasoned and proven leader to compliment the team that is in place in the Western Region.”
Miller obtained a master’s degree in business administration from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania and is a registered nurse and a board-certified fellow from the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Jacksonville State University and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Mississippi.