• THE CHALLENGE: Why Disruptive Change is Necessary
    THE CHALLENGE: Why Disruptive Change is Necessary
Dr. Rahn

Message from the Chancellor

Dear Readers, UAMS has navigated through significant changes in the past year. As our health care system in Arkansas, as well as the United States, implements changes to more effectively meet the health needs of society, UAMS is adapting by seeking out innovative change. We have strategically aligned UAMS Medical Center operations with the faculty practice in the College of ... Read More

Doctors on a Dollar sign

THE CHALLENGE: Why Disruptive Change is Necessary

The cost and quality of health care in the United States has been in upheaval for nearly a decade. Uncontrolled growth in the cost of health care has put services out of reach for many people, intensifying the already uneven distribution of the burden of illness on society’s poor and less educated. And the very health care system we participate ... Read More

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The Integrated Clinical Enterprise

In an effort to further enhance health care delivery,  UAMS has become one of the first academic health centers in the nation to adopt a new system of care aimed at improving the patient experience while creating new efficiencies. The Integrated Clinical Enterprise has changed the relationship between UAMS Medical Center and the faculty physicians in its College of Medicine, ... Read More

Interprofessional education

Education Redesign

Shortly after  classes  began at UAMS for the fall 2015 semester, more than 750 incoming students from every college received their first dose of interprofessional education. Attending a workshop hosted by the UAMS Office of Interprofessional Education, the students participated in discussions and team-based activities. Students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, the graduate school and the allied health professions ... Read More

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Physician Ratings / Transparency

UAMS is committed to transparency when it comes to giving patients the information they need to select the physician who is right for them. To that end, UAMS last year became the first medical center in Arkansas and among the first in the nation to implement a star rating system for UAMS physicians that displays patient ratings and comments about its ... Read More

Primary care doctor, Tobias "Toby" Vancil, M.D.

Adapting to changes in healthcare

Primary Care, Patient- and Family-Centered Care, Regional Centers, Patient-Centered Medical Homes While the health care sector nationwide is in the early stages of fundamental, economic change, UAMS already is adapting to that change. It is leading by example with an expansion of primary care, an emphasis on patient- and family-centered care, a more integrated partnership between UAMS’ main campus in ... Read More

Dr. Westfall

Improving Patient Access

After all the years devoted to becoming a subspecialty eye surgeon, Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., F.A.C.S., naturally prefers to work with patients who need his oculoplastics skills. But the director of the Jones Eye Institute also wants UAMS to survive this era of financial uncertainty for hospitals, so when his surgery clinic is not full, he sees patients who need ... Read More

Glenda Smoke of Bismark (right) gets advice from financial counselor Lisa Hodge-Sims about her eligibility for private insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Patient Stories

Glenda Smoke of Bismark (right) gets advice from financial counselor Lisa Hodge-Sims about her eligibility for private insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act. It was a suspicious spot that got Glenda Smoke of Bismarck into the doctor’s office in June 2015. A few weeks later, the tests showed she had Paget’s disease, a rare type of cancer involving the ... Read More

Stephanie Gardner. Provost

New Faces of UAMS Leadership – Stephanie Gardner

As a strategic thinker, Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., approaches a challenge by attempting to identify multiple options before defining the best path to a solution. It’s a trait she needs as UAMS provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs since July 1, facing a time of tight resources but increasing need for the university to produce more health care professionals ... Read More

Pope Mosely, MD.

New Faces of UAMS Leadership – Pope L. Moseley M.D., College of Medicine Dean

As the new leader of Arkansas’ only medical school, Pope L. Moseley, M.D.,  is ready to tackle the opportunities that lie ahead. From working with clinical leaders to ensure efficient, patient-centered care to addressing physician workforce shortages, Moseley has taken on some of health care’s most challenging issues during his first year as dean of the “This is an exciting ... Read More

Patricia Cowan- Nutsing Dean

New Faces of UAMS Leadership – Patricia Cowan Ph.D., R.N., College of Nursing Dean

Her extensive and varied experience in all areas of nursing promises to serve Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., R.N., well as the new dean of the UAMS College of Nursing.  During this time of large scale change in health care, Cowan’s experience in academics, clinical practice and research will help the college play a leading role as UAMS adapts its processes and ... Read More

Keith Olsen, Pharm.D., College of Pharmacy Dean

New Faces of UAMS Leadership – Ken Olsen, Pharm.D., College of Pharmacy Dean

It wasn’t until Keith Olsen, Pharm. D., had finished running over the top of Heartbreak Hill in the Boston Marathon that he realized that legendarily difficult slope already was behind him.  The Boston climb had been made easier because of an earlier marathon experience over a longer slope in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Similarly, it was his background of ... Read More

Tim Hill - Regional Programs

New Faces of UAMS Leadership – Tim Hill, Vice Chancellor for Regional Programs

As a young man, business finance and accounting major Tim Hill had ambitious career objectives but none to do with health care. He certainly couldn’t have foreseen his appointment last year as vice chancellor for UAMS Regional Programs. Moving up in the banking world, then advancing to leadership at IBM were the goals that dominated Hill’s career list. However, an ... Read More

UAMS Leadership - Michael Owens

New Faces of UAMS Leadership – Micheal Owens

Michael Owens, Ph.D., has spent his entire career researching ways to combat drug abuse. His chosen field of study fits perfectly with his personal goal of making “an impact on human health.” But to fully reach that goal, he said, his findings needed to move out of the laboratory and into the realm of pharmaceutical development. So in 2004, he ... Read More

UAMS Leadership - Fred Prior

New Faces of UAMS leadership, Fred Prior, Ph.D

Fred Prior, Ph.D., didn’t envision his skills being the hot commodity they are today. The inaugural chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics said he had only an inkling in 2003, when the world learned that the entire human genome had been sequenced. “That moved us into the world of Big Data,” said Prior, who joined the UAMS College of Medicine ... Read More

North West Arkansas Campus

NWA Campus

Creating or expanding strategic partnerships will play a key role in strengthening UAMS clinical, academic and research programs in the fast-growing northwest corner of the state now and in the future. When the UAMS northwest campus in Fayetteville opened in 2007, its initial focus was to expand academic enrollment. Adding facilities to accommodate some upper-level medical and pharmacy students would ... Read More

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The Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas

UAMS is working in collaboration with other health care organizations across the state to implement programs that improve health care quality and lower health care costs for patients and providers. The Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas, a Shared Services Organization, was announced in 2015, bringing together UAMS, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Baptist Health, St. Bernards Healthcare and Washington ... Read More