The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences said this week that it is organizing all of its clinical enterprises in Little Rock and around the state under the UAMS Health umbrella.
“UAMS is more than a hospital, it is more than a university and it is more than cutting-edge research,” said Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA. “We are a health system — one that serves all of the state — and this reorganization demonstrates our commitment to providing quality health care to all Arkansans.”
UAMS Health includes the UAMS Medical Center, Neighborhood Clinics, orthopaedic clinics, women’s clinics, the Family Medical Centers at UAMS regional sites, digital health clinics and the affiliated clinics that UAMS operates in conjunction with other health care providers.
As a state-supported health sciences university offering specialty care and programs, UAMS serves residents in every county of Arkansas. What started with one campus in Little Rock in 1879 has evolved into a multi-campus clinical delivery system that includes eight regional campuses across the state with plans to add more, Patterson said.
UAMS has two operations in Magnolia – the UAMS South family medical center, and Kids First, which provides pediatric day care for children up to five years with developmental delays and disabilities.
UAMS spokesman Leslie Taylor detailed what the change will mean for the Magnolia facilities.
“Having a health system will allow us to better support our programs (in Magnolia) by improving our infrastructure and expanding in such areas as digital health. We believe UAMS Health will increase our ability to attract more students and resident physicians to Magnolia with the hope being that they will want to stay in that region to practice.
“Our focus as part of this health system is ensuring that Arkansans are able to receive the highest quality of health case closest to home. We will be working with members of the community as well as with other providers in that area to make that happen,” Taylor said.
“We are increasing our focus on digital health, which is an essential component of our health system,” Patterson said. “Programs pioneered by our Institute for Digital Health & Innovation are erasing miles, allowing for physician-to-physician consults and for patients to communicate with physicians without leaving home.
“UAMS is looking forward to continuing to push the envelope in providing health care throughout the state, both through its current operations and our future endeavors,” Patterson said.
UAMS is the parent institution of all components of UAMS including UAMS Health. UAMS is the health sciences university of the University of Arkansas System.
Email us at email@example.com