Large Hospital Finalist: CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary represents more than just a cornerstone of care in Little Rock, it’s a chapter of Arkansas history unto itself. The first hospital in the capital city, CHI St. Vincent Infirmary has grown to national and international prominence thanks to an unwavering focus on comprehensive health of patients.

“Our driving principle is to achieve excellence in all phases of care and we’re most thankful for truly extraordinary co-workers and medical staff who are living our mission to heal and comfort patients and their families,” said Polly Davenport, president.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary ranks as U.S. News & World Report’s top Arkansas hospital for three years running and is the first and only hospital in the state to earn The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition designation for excellence in nursing leadership, clinical practice, innovations and positive outcomes.

The Little Rock hospital is also home to several Centers of Excellence. These include the Jack Stephens Heart Institute, home to one of the only hybrid surgical suite and cardiac catheterization labs among the most prestigious heart centers in the country. The CHI St. Vincent Orthopaedic Institute is a recognized Exemplar Hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvements Project JOINTS and a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.

CHI St. Vincent Spine Center provides the latest in surgical technology for serious spine conditions. The center was the first in Arkansas to perform artificial spine disc replacement surgery and was chosen as the regional training site for spinal surgical implants. Finally, the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI) at CHI St. Vincent boasts Dr. Ali Krisht, ranked among the top one percent of neurosurgeons in the nation.

Davenport said such accolades are the result of long-range planning and daily attention to the hospital’s mission, while noting equally ambitious plans for the future.

“Even though we have a significant number of the state’s inpatient mental health beds, we recognize the need for additional outpatient mental health services and we will continue to invest in cutting edge acute care technology for the health of our communities,” Davenport said. “That includes a greater investment in telemedicine, so that our stellar specialty services may be offered to a broader geographic reach for those in need.

“We will also invest in placing our outpatient access points in locations that serve the needs of our communities. We will invest in health care clinicians who can assist our citizens in managing their health through education, screening tools and preventive therapy so that we may ‘imagine better health.’”


» Little Rock’s first hospital

» Completed a $47 million expansion in 2012

» Includes Services of Excellence: the Jack Stephens Heart Institute, the CHI St. Vincent Orthopaedic Institute, the CHI St. Vincent Spine Center and the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute

» U.S. News & World Report’s top-ranked Arkansas hospital, three years running