Tim Hill Named Chief Operating Officer for UAMS Health System

By Ben Boulden

As COO, Hill will serve as a member of the clinical executive leadership team, reporting to Richard Turnage, M.D., senior vice chancellor for clinical programs and CEO of the Medical Center.

Hill has more than 30 years of experience in health care finance and operational management.

Hill has more than 30 years of experience in health care finance and operational management.

“Tim brings a unique combination of institutional knowledge, hospital leadership experience, strong communication skills and an understanding of our mission,” said UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D.

Tim has more than 30 years of experience in health care finance and operational management. Before joining UAMS, Tim was president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Heart Hospital. From 1998 to 2009, Hill served as president and CEO of the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison.

He joined UAMS in 2011 as director of the UAMS Center for Rural Health. He served as director of the UAMS Center for Healthcare Enhancement and Development from 2013-2015, when he was appointed vice chancellor for Regional Programs (now Regional Campuses).

In 1982, Hill earned his bachelor’s degree in business, finance and accounting from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Arkansas Hospital Association named him Administrator of the Year in 1996 while running Southwest Hospital in Little Rock, and he was named the A. Allen Weintraub recipient in 2009, the highest honor bestowed upon a health care executive.


UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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