SPRINGDALE, AR. (Nov. 10, 2020) – Arkansas Children's has selected Shannon Hendrix, MS, RD, LD as the next chief administrator of Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the region’s only children’s hospital.

A longtime pediatric healthcare leader with experience uniting multidisciplinary teams, Hendrix brings to the position a deep understanding of the special considerations required to run a children’s hospital, as well as extensive knowledge of overall child health in Arkansas. 

Hendrix will begin her role at ACNW on Dec. 14, 2020. Her promotion to lead the full-service hospital, which served more than 31,000 unique patients last fiscal year, is part of a thorough succession planning effort by Arkansas Children’s leaders to ensure ACNW grows and evolves to match the diverse needs of the Northwest Arkansas community.

Hendrix will work closely with Trisha Montague, former chief administrator of ACNW and the campus’ founding leader. Montague, who oversaw ACNW through its design, debut and continued success, was recently promoted to interim chief operating officer of the Arkansas Children’s system. She plans to retire in calendar year 2021 after a distinguished 43-year career in pediatric health.

Hendrix’s experience at Arkansas Children’s has included leadership responsibilities with teams ranging from clinical operations, such as Radiology and Laboratory, to the social support services at the heart of delivering family-centered care, including Social Work and Pastoral Care. She has most recently served as vice president of clinical and diagnostic services for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Montague made the announcement on behalf of the Arkansas Children’s system and as part of the team responsible for selecting her successor. Montague said Hendrix exemplifies facets of leadership essential to success in leading a hospital such as ACNW, including a commitment to excellence in pediatric patient care services. Hendrix has 15 years of healthcare and clinical leadership experience. 

“Shannon has overseen, with notable success, essential clinical services and operations key to the continued growth of Arkansas Children’s Northwest,” Montague said. “She is a passionate advocate for children who knows how to run, and more importantly, grow the operations and services of a full-service hospital that is part of our state’s only pediatric health system.”

Hendrix looks forward to shepherding ACNW through its next phase of growth, guided by a five-year strategic plan focused on further strengthening clinical care and expanding outreach. 

“Arkansas Children’s Northwest has exceeded expectations at every turn – all because of a devoted team, focused leadership and an amazingly supportive community.” Hendrix said. “I am honored to join ACNW as we continue to grow into the pediatric destination of choice.  I firmly believe every child deserves a children’s hospital designed, built and tailored to the needs of children and families.”

Hendrix steps into her ACNW role after leading large divisions comprised of several hundred Arkansas Children’s team members since she joined the health system in 2013. She has most recently served as vice president of clinical and diagnostic services for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. A registered dietitian, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nutrition from the University of Central Arkansas. She sits on community boards and is active in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Hendrix is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.


Arkansas Children's, Inc. is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' more than 700,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the state’s only magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for neurosurgical planning and cutting-edge research; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Additionally, ACH is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in four pediatric subspecialties (2020—2021): Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. ACH is one of only five hospitals in the nation that have achieved Magnet Status, ACS Level 1 verification and a Beacon award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, is a level IV pediatric trauma center. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can deliver on its promise of unprecedented child health. To learn more, visit archildrens.org.