Prior to becoming president, Arthur Sampson was executive director of the Miriam Hospital. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer at Newport Hospital for 15 years. He joined Newport Hospital in 1986, when he was appointed vice president for professional services. The following year he was named senior vice president before becoming president and CEO.
Under Sampson's leadership, Newport Hospital acquired and implemented state-of-the-art medical and information technology, expanded and modernized its facility with the addition of a new outpatient wing and renovation of all inpatient floors, and extended its services to northern Newport County with a new diagnostic imaging facility in Portsmouth. The hospital also achieved Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Baby Friendly designation from the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Sampson holds a master's degree in health care administration from the George Washington University and served administrative residencies at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Union-Truesdale Hospital (now Charlton Memorial Hospital) in Fall River, Massachusetts.
He currently serves as chairman of the board of the Stanley Street Treatment and Resources of Rhode Island (SSTAR) and as a member of the board of Quality Partners of Rhode Island. He is an advisor to the Newport County Fund. Sampson is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.