LITTLE ROCK (Dec. 19, 2018)  – Arkansas Children’s has hired Brent Thompson, JD, to lead its Legal Services division as senior vice president and chief legal officer. He joins the state’s only healthcare system dedicated to children on Jan. 7.

Thompson currently serves as chief legal officer for Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, NC, a system with more than 900 licensed beds and 6,000 employees. His experience there – coupled with his previous experience as assistant general counsel for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma – give him an excellent skillset for helping Arkansas Children’s further strengthen its Legal Services division.

“Brent was drawn to our mission of championing children because one of his two sons spent several days in an NICU right after birth,” said Arkansas Children’s President & CEO Marcy Doderer, FACHE. “During his son’s stay, Brent experienced the same type of passion for making children better today and healthier tomorrow that is characteristic of our team. We’re excited to welcome this collaborative, mission-minded leader with an inclination for problem-solving.”

Thompson earned his law degree at the University of Tulsa College of Law and is also an alum of University of Oklahoma in Norman. He has extensive experience in litigation, hospital policies and procedures and hospital compliance with federal laws.

About Arkansas Children’s

Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only health care system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally-recognized transport service. It is one of the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in cardiology/heart surgery, neurology/neurosurgery, nephrology and pulmonology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale includes 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services. Arkansas Children’s also blankets the state with outreach programs that include telemedicine, mobile health and school-based health solutions. A private nonprofit, Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research and is committed to providing every child with access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. Founded as an orphanage, Arkansas Children’s has championed children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow for more than 100 years. For more info, visit