by Max Brantley
I’m writing to let you know that Roxane Townsend, M.D., vice chancellor for clinical programs and chief executive officer of UAMS Medical Center, is resigning from UAMS, effective Sept. 30. This decision is an entirely personal one for her and she plans to move to North Carolina where she can be closer to her family. While I hate to see her go, I respect Roxane’s decision. She will definitely be missed.
Roxane is a remarkable leader who has done an outstanding job since she came to UAMS three years ago. From her first day at UAMS, she worked hard and successfully forged a strong relationship between clinical programs and the College of Medicine. Working alongside two deans of the College of Medicine, Roxane led the transformation of patient care at UAMS to our innovative service line model with the formation of the Integrated Clinical Enterprise.
Under Roxane’s leadership, UAMS has expanded clinical programs, added Neighborhood Clinics in Central Arkansas and formed alliances with other providers across the state to better serve Arkansans. She has been instrumental in many institutional initiatives as well as in the creation of the Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas, the shared services organization that includes UAMS, Baptist Health, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Washington Regional Medical System and St. Bernard’s Healthcare.
Roxane has been a trusted advisor and valued member of the leadership team. I am very grateful to her for her dedication and her hard work and I wish her all the best in the future.
We will be forming a committee in the next few days to begin the national search for a new vice chancellor for clinical programs and CEO of UAMS Medical Center.
I know you join me in expressing appreciation to Roxane for her service to UAMS and to the people of Arkansas.