LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Dec. 13, 2018) – Arkansas Children’s has named Jimmy Duncan, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, as its new senior vice president and chief people officer. He begins leading the health system’s Human Resources division on Dec. 31.

Duncan joins Arkansas Children’s with a wealth of strategic experience both in healthcare systems and private sectors like manufacturing, energy and higher education. He currently serves as vice president of Human Resources for WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, which is the flagship of Georgia’s largest healthcare system, located in Marietta.

“Jimmy is ready to be a champion for children, and is already encouraging the team to think about our values of Safety, Teamwork, Compassion and Excellence in new and meaningful ways,” said Arkansas Children’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Chanda Chacon, MPH, FACHE. “We’re excited to see how he guides the Arkansas Children’s team’s ongoing journey to be an employer of choice for top talent to achieve their career aspirations.”

Duncan’s career and recent accomplishments include leading the effort to win the prestigious Secretary of Labor Opportunity Award, building a corporate university and championing cultural integration efforts resulting from growth acquisitions. He is passionate about growing talent and employee engagement, which have been hallmarks of his career success.

Before serving with WellStar Kennestone, Duncan held the position of system chief human resources officer for Tenet’s Atlanta market, where he led network integration and culture development of all health entities affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center.

His undergraduate degree is from the University of South Carolina, and he earned a master’s degree in organizational management at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina.

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