Stacy Petty, APRN, is the Director of HealthNow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Mrs. Petty’s clinical focus is on vulnerable patient populations and her administrative focus is on making telemedicine accessible for all Arkansans.
Though Stacy embodies exceptional nursing care in all her work, she has been an exemplary frontline leader for UAMS and the overall state of Arkansas during the COVID-19 pandemic, having organized the statewide telemedicine response to COVID-19 through HealthNow. Overnight, the HealthNow platform, which launched only two months before, went from zero monthly COVID-19 screenings to at its most over 600. Stacy readily took on this new, challenging program and worked diligently to get it going, from tirelessly developing every protocol to communicating user-friendly advice to IT, ensuring a seamless video experience for patients.
Stacy exhibits servant leadership not only through these efforts but additionally through extending this attitude to volunteer activities. Since the pandemic began affecting UAMS, she has continually volunteered at employee and patient temperature screening stations at UAMS entry points while also managing her team and the HealthNow budget, seeing patients virtually, kicking off a new HIV prevention program, writing and submitting her first grant proposal, working collaboratively with other areas of campus and other entities across the state, and filling her personal roles as wife and mother.
Stacy’s dedicated work leading the state’s telemedicine response to COVID-19 has saved patients emergency department visits, reduced time off from work, and reduced exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases that may be present in a clinic. She has taken on every new task with nothing less than absolute professionalism and a solutions-oriented approach. All of us at IDHI are honored to work with her.