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UAMS Department of Pediatrics, Arkansas Children’s Hospital announce Statewide Working Collaborative

Center for Children in Northwest Arkansas, 24 existing clinics join Collaborative

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Arkansas Childrens Hospital, UAMS Medical Center

UAMS Department of Pediatrics, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Announce Statewide Working Collaborative

Center for Children in Northwest Arkansas, 24 Existing Clinics Join Collaborative

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (January 25, 2007) -- The Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) Board of Directors and the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees have approved a statewide working collaborative between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics and ACH.

The UAMS/ACH Center for Children in Lowell, for which UAMS broke ground on March 20, is expected to be completed this spring and will be added to the collaborative along with 24 existing clinics throughout the state.

The UAMS College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics regional clinics will be known as the UAMS Department of Pediatrics and ACH regional clinics, which are located in El Dorado, Fort Smith, Harrison, Helena/West Helena, Jonesboro, Mountain View and Texarkana. The Center for Children, a 40,000-square-foot, two-story building located at 519 Latham Drive, will house the Schmieding Developmental Center, the Schmieding Kids First program and various regional clinics, all previously located in Fayetteville and Springdale.

The two institutions will establish this statewide working collaborative to improve access to pediatric subspecialty care, support education and training of UAMS medical students and residents, and strengthen and expand the current regional clinics.

“This collaboration between UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital will allow us to create a statewide system of health care accessibility for children needing subspecialty and developmental care,” said Debra Fiser, M.D., dean of the UAMS College of Medicine.

Services now provided off the ACH campus by ACH or the UAMS Department of Pediatrics will become components of this statewide working collaborative.

“We’re responding to requests from referring physicians around the state asking for an increased presence in pediatric subspecialty care,” says Jonathan Bates, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. “By making our services available around the state, thousands of families will not have to make the long trip to Little Rock for their child’s initial evaluation or clinic visits for follow-up medical attention.”

Nearly 14,000 patients from northwest Arkansas were treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital during 2006, and this extension of services in Lowell is expected to improve the flow of appointments in Little Rock.

Physicians who are employed by the UAMS Department of Pediatrics but practice at Arkansas Children’s Hospital will commute in large part to the Center for Children on a rotating basis, both weekly and monthly. Some faculty and other staff members will reside in Lowell or the nearby communities. Pediatric subspecialty services offered at the center include adolescent medicine, allergy, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology and rheumatology.

Schmieding Kids First is a comprehensive, early-intervention program for infants and young children with medical conditions and developmental delays. UAMS operates 11 Kids First centers across the state. The Springdale location serves 58 children, and the program is expected to grow once relocated to the new facility. The Schmieding Developmental Center provides medical and neuropsychological assessments for children with developmental disorders.

The Kids First program will be located on the first floor of the Center for Children, with the developmental center and regional clinics on the second floor. ACH and UAMS will share equally the expenses of the 10-year lease of the building, owned by The Pinnacle Group of Rogers.

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