Duncan most recently served as senior vice president/chief people officer for Arkansas Children’s Inc., the state’s largest pediatric health system. His prior healthcare experience includes executive leadership roles at WellStar Health System, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Banner Health Corporation.
Duncan also brings a diverse business background, having led human resources functions in industries such as energy, manufacturing and mining. Additionally, he held an adjunct faculty position in the School of Business for Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina, for 15 years.
“I am confident that Jimmy’s deep experiences and proven success in large healthcare systems will advance UC Health’s forward momentum,” said UC Health President & CEO Richard P. Lofgren, MD. “I look forward to welcoming him to the executive team and working alongside him on behalf of all of our employees, clinicians and the patients we serve.”
Duncan will serve on the UC Health Executive Leadership Team and have oversight of workforce management, talent development, benefits/compensation, health & wellness and employee engagement.
“My vision for UC Health is to deliver an inclusive culture where each team member feels valued, committed to excellence, and is fully prepared to provide exceptional care and a great experience for patients, their families and our community,” Duncan said. “I believe that by having a relentless focus on our people and culture, we will solidify our position as the place where the best and brightest people want to work, and where our friends and neighbors near and far choose to receive their care.”
UC Health is among the top 10 largest employers in Greater Cincinnati, with more than 12,000 employees, physicians, residents and fellows, and advanced practice providers across four inpatient locations and 64 outpatient locations.
Duncan succeeds longtime SVP and chief human resources officer Clarence Pauley, who announced his retirement in 2019 after 13 years in the role.