Improving Patient Access

David Robinson

Dr. Westfall

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

Adapting to changes in healthcare

Ben Boulden

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

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

Physician Ratings / Transparency

Ben Boulden

Find a doc system

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

Education Redesign

Jon Parham

Interprofessional education

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

The Integrated Clinical Enterprise

Ben Boulden

Stack of books with stethescope

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

THE CHALLENGE: Why Disruptive Change is Necessary

Dan Rahn, M.D.

Doctors on a Dollar sign

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

Message from the Chancellor

Dan Rahn, M.D.

Dr. Rahn

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