Jamie Wiggins has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer at Arkansas Children’s in Little Rock, the pediatric hospital announced Monday.
Wiggins, who holds the PhD(c), MBA, RN, NEA-BC and FACHE designations, will begin serving in the system-wide role in August. He will replace Trisha Montague, who is retiring at the end of June. Wiggins most recently served as senior vice president, chief clinical officer and chief nursing officer at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. He also has held leadership positions at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Children’s Minnesota and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.
“With nearly 20 years of experience in children’s hospital clinical and administrative operations, Jamie brings a deep understanding of pediatric healthcare safety, quality and innovation to his new role,” said Marcy Doderer, FACHE, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s. “During the search process, we identified the need for a strategic, humble and empathetic leader capable of executing on the improvement of patient experience, employee engagement and growth. I am confident we have found that leader in Jamie.”
In his role as COO, Wiggins will direct strategic vision toward solidifying Arkansas Children’s as a destination for pediatric care in the state and broader region while addressing and improving the health of the children it serves, according to a press release.