Baptist Health has appointed Mike Perkins as the new vice president and administrator for Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock. He will begin serving in his new role effective next Monday, July 23, and will be responsible for the overall management and day-to-day operations of Baptist Health’s North Little Rock campus.

Perkins has been with Baptist Health for 27 years and was, prior to this move, vice president and administrator for Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute.

A native of Arkansas, Perkins is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and has two master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Perkins has served as a member of the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Fitness and is currently a member of the Healthy Active Arkansas Operations Team. He was appointed to the Arkansas Acute Stroke Care Task Force in 2017. He also serves on the board of Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) where he received the Outstanding Service Award. He is a past Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association Administrator of the Year winner.

Baptist Health to buy Sparks

In a Wednesday afternoon press release, Baptist Health announced they were purchasing Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith and Sparks Medical Center in Van Buren, along with physician clinics in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

A purchase price was not announced.

The deal is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of this year.

“I’m humbled to think of the opportunities we have for the state’s first hospital in Fort Smith to join Baptist Health, the state’s largest and most comprehensive health-care system,” said Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health in a press release. “It is an honor to align our organization with the outstanding reputation of the entire Sparks family and its team of dedicated physicians and caregivers.”

The Fort Smith hospital has 492-beds, while the Van Buren facility has 103-beds and a total of approximately 2,000 employees.

The Baptist Health system will grow to a total of 11 hospitals with the flagship campus in Little Rock.