Baptist Health Medical Center
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Provide quality patient services and respond to the changing health needs of Arkansas with Christian compassion.
Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock is the original Baptist Health hospital which opened November 1920. The medical center offers comprehensive services delivered in an inviting, less institutionalized setting. We focus on patient-centered care. Here are the comprehensive services we offer our community and state.
The Critical Care Department consists of 6 ICUs. ICU South is the largest unit with 36 beds that specializes in medical and respiratory illnesses. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Critical Care Unit (ECCU) has 12 beds. The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) has 18 beds to provide care for cardiovascular surgeries. The Coronary Care Unit has 18 beds for heart failure, Acute Myocardial Infarctions and post op cardiac procedures. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit has 18 beds to provide care for complicated surgical patients and trauma patients. The Neuro Intensive Care Unit is 16 beds to provide care for craniotomies, neurological emergencies and strokes.
Our Emergency Department (ED) provides care to patients 24 hours per day, seven days per week and is staffed by specialists in Emergency Medicine. Caregivers treat over 60,000 patients annually, providing a critical link to healthcare for our community. Our experienced physicians are dedicated to providing high quality, patient centered care. Baptist Health Little Rock Emergency Department is a Level 2 Trauma Center. For many patients, the Emergency Department represents a patient’s and their families’ first impression of Baptist Health Little Rock. Over 30 percent of all inpatient admissions begin in our Emergency Department.
Baptist Health has the only adult hospital based helicopter service in Arkansas. The Med Flight Helicopter Crew responds to traumas at the scene and provides hospital transfers to transport patients to a hospital for higher level of care. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Specialty transport team responds to outlying hospitals when an infant is in need of NICU care.
Imaging services and procedures are critical to accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for countless conditions. Your care depends on the quality of the imaging technology used to conduct your test and expertise of the radiologist who reads your results, and at Baptist Health, we make sure both are exceptional.
At Baptist Health, we understand that awaiting a child is one of the most exciting and rewarding events in a woman’s life. With our experienced medical staff of board-certified physicians and registered nurses, we provide expert care for both general and high-risk pregnancies. From family planning to breastfeeding support, our focus is you — and your healthy baby. Here at Baptist Health Little Rock, we provide comprehensive care to obstetrical patients from OB ED to delivery. This tertiary center provides and receives maternal transports throughout the state and delivers approximately 4000 infants each year. The OB laborists are board certified providing 24/7 coverage for emergency situations.
Baptist Health’s board-certified neurologists rely on sophisticated technology to diagnose neurological conditions, and potentially detect neurological damage at its earliest stages to provide the best opportunity for successful treatment.
Baptist Health’s neurosurgeons work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists in radiology, pain management and other specialties to provide individualized care for each patient. We offer comprehensive surgical services in brain, spine, and peripheral nerve pathologies, as well as rehabilitation services to assist patients through recovery.
As long as a baby is at the Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock NICU, that child will receive some of the most advanced treatments available. Providing compassionate care for a wide variety of neonates from 23 weeks and beyond, there is a multidisciplinary team of dedicated board-certified professionals working together to care for infants needing specialized care. We not only care for infants born here but have a neonatal transport team that attends deliveries and transports infants needing a higher level of care throughout the state.
Our comfortable and serene Maternity Suites and Postpartum units are the perfect setting for welcoming your new baby and recovering from labor and delivery.
Baptist Health Little Rock has eight medical surgical units that provide an array of services. Each unit has specialty patients that receive care for such oncology, hospice, orthopedic, trauma, gastroenterology, vascular surgery and enterology.
The antenatal unit is positioned in close proximity by our Labor and Delivery for emergent situations and immediate access to the laborist 24 hours per day. This is a 17 bed unit providing care to high risk obstetrical patients requiring additional monitoring during pregnancy. This includes pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune disease, infections, and other problems that can occur during pregnancy that require the mother and infant to be closely monitored.
Behavioral Services serves Arkansans who need acute, inpatient treatment for a variety of psychiatric needs. We serve those suffering from depression, suicidal thoughts, psychosis, dementia or addiction. Our team of Psychiatrists, Therapists, and Nurses share the same calling, and that is to provide safe, compassionate, Christian care to those who need help. Our mission is to support those who are struggling and offer hope to those who have a need for hope.
Baptist Health, Little Rock Surgical Services is a large and busy department consisting of 15 separate units that support a total of 40 separate operating/procedure rooms. Combined, our units provide surgical/procedural care for more than 27,000 people annually and handle a wide range of surgical services. The main OR is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and is a leading provider of Trauma care for the State of Arkansas. The surgery department also has an excellent staff of surgeons, anesthesia providers and support staff that constantly work to improve the quality of the services provided. In addition to providing excellent surgical care to patients, our staff is known throughout the community for their compassionate and caring attitudes.
Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute (BHRI) is Arkansas’ largest and most comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital. Our team of skilled physicians, nurses and therapists serve individuals that have experienced life altering medical and traumatic events. BHRI’s specialized program lines are recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) focusing on the complex conditions of traumatic brain Injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and orthopedic/amputee rehabilitation. The multidisciplinary team guides patients and their families through recovery, advancing their physical ability to achieve their highest level of function.
At Baptist Health, our specialists partner with you in strengthening your urological health through comprehensive care for male and female conditions concerning the bladder and kidneys, as well as issues with male reproductive organs.
Our qualified women’s health specialists are trained to provide quality care for women of all ages. From gynecological exams to childbirth, osteoporosis to mammograms and breast health, we deliver the leading care and advanced services you need to pursue a lifetime of wellness.
At Baptist Health Extended Care Hospital (BHECH) we provide long-term acute care to patients who are recovering from a critical illness or other complex medical conditions. We specialize in treating patients who are expected to improve with time while receiving a continuation of high-acuity care. Our expertise allows patients to recover without strict time limits. The average length of stay for a BHECH patient is approximately 30 days. The long-term goal for each patient is for them to return to their highest level of functioning and return home.
The highest quality of care designed through professional standards, ethical principles, and evidence-based practices.
Commitment to innovation, education, lifelong learning, and mentoring.
Working together to provide better care for those we serve.
Devotion to others and commitment to their well-being and growth.
The Shared Governance structure is designed to support a philosophy of staff participation in decision-making that provides direct-care professional nurses with the opportunity to participate in decision making and policy formulation which affects their individual practice. It creates an open, collaborative, integrated culture within the department that respects dialogue to resolve issues, equally valuing each member’s expertise and contribution. Below are the councils that support this vision.
Our Little Rock team is one like no other. While all of our locations are special, and family, we want to highlight some of team members of our Little Rock location so you can see what makes this location so unique.
My nursing careers has mainly been in Emergency Medicine. I have also had the opportunity to teach as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at UALR. Other areas include ICU, OR, MedFlight, Telemetry, and House Supervisor.
I have worked in OB for my entire nursing career. I started my career at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. I was there for 6 years. It was a very high risk teaching facility. I functioned in a charge nurse and preceptor role. I began working at Baptist Health in 2006. I worked in an In-House Agency role here and stayed in that position for the next 6 years. In 2012, I took a part time position on night shift and stayed in that role for the next 2 years. In 2014, I became the postpartum nurse manager. In early 2015, I took over the nurse manager role for Labor & Delivery and Antenatal where I remain today
I have been a nurse for 12 years. I started as a new grad nurse in the Emergency Department at Arkansas Children's Hospital. I worked in the ED at ACH until 2021. During my time at ACH, I held several positions including Clinical Educator, Patient Care Manager, and Assistant Director. I joined Baptist Health in September 2021 as the Director of Nursing for BHRI.
One year as an LPN in a Family Practice clinic followed by 7 years at BHMC-LR as a Staff Nurse/PFF/RNIII on 4U-CDU Med/Surg unit. Obtained my Medical/Surgical certification in 2017 and have maintained since. After that, I have spent the last year as a Staff Educator for the BH System as well as site Coordinator for the RN Residency Program. I have now transitioned to a Nurse Manager role.
Knowing that happiness and health are intertwined, we offer benefits that support your whole being. Benefits that are there for you and your family when you need them. When it comes to Arkansas employee benefits, we are proud to offer some of the best.
Baptist Health health plans include provisions to help manage the health of our employees and their dependents. Each plan offers a unique network of high-quality physicians and care management services.
We offer access to the largest network of dentists in the state through two different plans. With family-friendly rates and 100% covered preventative care, working at Baptist Health keeps your whole family smiling.
Disability insurance is one of the most important benefits you can have because it actually provides income to you while you are sick or injured. Our short and long term plans can work for you when you can’t work for yourself.
Our retirement plan has tools to help you determine how much to invest, track how your investments are performing, and manage your beneficiaries. Baptist Health will match a percentage of your savings for up to 8% of your pre-tax salary.
Life insurance is an important part of your financial well-being, especially if others depend on you for support. Baptist Health’s Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance helps ensure the future of your beneficiaries.
Baptist Health Federal Credit Union offers immediate access to direct deposit and payroll deduction; conveniently accessed through our eBranch, Mobile Banking, Telephone Teller, ATMs, and traditional teller service. Learn more here.
Baptist Health Preschool Center-Little Rock offers convenient, top-quality child care at affordable prices.
Baptist Health health plans include provisions to help manage the health of our employees and their dependents. Each plan offers a unique network of high-quality physicians and care management services.Browse Jobs
Our employees go the extra mile, our employee benefits do too. To show our gratitude and respect we’ve added on perks that are greatly appreciated.
Employee Tuition Assistance
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employee Assistance Program
Continuous Education & Training
The Erin Propst Scholarship is a scholarship started by the family of Erin Kahylene Shelby Propst. Erin worked at Baptist Health for 15 years on the administration side. She began as an evening administrator, then served several years at Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute before eventually leading the largest heart transplant team in the state. Her memory lives on through the care that each nurse exhibits to their patients. This scholarship was made for continuing education for Baptist Health oncology nurses.
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