The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was founded in 1879 by eight physicians. Today UAMS is the state’s only academic health center, part of a statewide network of post-secondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.
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To improve the health and health care of Arkansans
UAMS Mission Statement
The mission of UAMS is to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world by:
- Educating current and future health professionals and the public
- Providing high-quality, innovative health care and specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings
- Advancing knowledge in areas of human health and disease and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements
Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity
UAMS, with its intersection of education, research and clinical programs, brings a unique capacity to lead health care improvement in Arkansas. Among its assets for leadership are its status as the only academic health center in the state, its statewide network of centers for public education and clinical outreach, its emphasis on population health, and its leadership in health informatics and statewide information technology. In addition, UAMS has a unique capacity for translational research – speeding the rate at which research can inform clinical care and health improvement.
- 2,809 students
- 793 residents
- College of Nursing – 598 students*
- College of Medicine – 675 students*
- College of Health Professions – 591 students*
- College of Pharmacy – 481 students*
- College of Public Health – 160 students*
- Graduate School – 304 students*
* September, 2012
- 1,429 faculty members
- U.S. News & World Report ranks Geriatrics, Primary Care and Nursing master’s programs
- Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Pharmaceutical Sciences program 5th in nation
- UAMS Northwest campus total enrollment 136
- College of Medicine – 30
- College of Pharmacy – 50
- College of Nursing – 34
- College of Health Professions – 22
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- Family Medical Centers at six Area Health Education Centers – 174,158 outpatient visits in 2012 FY
- Hospital capacity – 332 adult beds, 64 newborn bassinets,
40 psychiatry beds
- Only adult Level One Trauma Center in Arkansas
- 912 College of Medicine clinicians staff UAMS Medical Center, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
- Eight Area Health Education Center faculty physicians provide
care and supervise residents at the UAMS Family Medical
Centers located in seven regions outside of central Arkansas
- The Myeloma Institute for Research & Therapy (MIRT) treated its 10,000th patient in the fall 2011.
- The Myeloma Institute has performed over 9,000 peripheral blood stem cell transplants – more than any other center in the world – for multiple myeloma and related diseases.
- The expected five-year survival rate for newly diagnosed myeloma patients treated at the Myeloma Institute is 74%,
versus 43% for a comparable patient population in the NCI cancer statistics (SEER) database.
- Only adult cystic fibrosis center in Arkansas
- Only ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) treatment center in Arkansas
- First liver transplant in Arkansas
- Only liver transplant program in Arkansas
- First bone marrow transplant in Arkansas
- Liver and kidney transplant survival rates higher than national average
- First accredited echocardiography lab for careful cardiac diagnosis
- UAMS has the only high-risk pregnancy program in Arkansas, with board-certified maternal fetal specialists.
- Total research funding near $130 million across UAMS and UAMS researchers working in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
- Ranking in top 18% of all U.S. Colleges & Universities in research funding from federal government
- Total National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding – $52.5 M
- More than 500,000 sq. ft. devoted to research on UAMS campus
- The UAMS BioVentures business incubator has created 46 companies since its beginning, currently 19 of these companies produce annual payroll of $26.5 million.
- Contributing to expand scientific knowledge: 968 articles in scientific journals included UAMS-affiliated authors in 2011-2012; a 10-year average of more than 800 articles annually
- Home to Arkansas Biosciences Institute – A research consortium of Arkansas institutions using funds from the state’s tobacco settlement on work to reduce or prevent smoking-related illness
- World leader in multiple myeloma research and treatment
- Cancer Institute – two new research floors opened in 2012 with 33,660 sq. ft.
- Arkansas e-Link – $102 M in 2010 to expand access to broadband in the state for research, healthcare, higher education and public safety
- Translational Research Institute – Funded by $19.9 M award in 2009 from NIH to support research that will improve health and health care
- UAMS is an active participant in the Arkansas Research Alliance
- Fully operational Research Data Warehouse that facilitates clinical and translational research
- J. Thomas May Center for ALS Research – only research for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Arkansas
- Regional Programs include 8 Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and a comprehensive Rural Hospital Program
- 11 KIDS FIRST Program Sites
- 30 Pediatric Subspecialty Clinics
- Head Start, Pulaski County, 22 facilities caring for 1,130 children
- Poison Control Hotline – 40,000 calls/year
- 9 Arkansas Aging Initiative Centers
- Center for Distance Health Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment Network – 31 member hospitals
- ANGELS high-risk pregnancy consultation, diagnosis through telemedicine
- Evidence-Based Prescription Drug Program (College of Pharmacy) saved state $70M since inception in 2005
- Arkansas e-Link – linking health, education, research and public safety by connecting 474 sites across the state to a 5,600-mile high-speed optical network
- $3.92 billion/year economic impact – UAMS and affiliates Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
- The eight UAMS Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) generate 657 jobs and $87 million annually in economic impact across the state.
- UAMS BioVentures business incubator – 46 companies started, current annual payroll of $ 26.5 million
- 806 graduates in 2009; projected economic productivity calculated at $ 31.4 million annually
*Battelle Memorial Institute, December 2010
Projected Revenue (2013)
- Charity and unreimbursed care – $202,112,000
Institutes of Excellence
- Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
- Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute
- Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy
- Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging
- Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute
- Psychiatric Research Institute
- Translational Research Institute
- Recently celebrated seven-year Campaign Imagine that raised $385 million to help meet mission
- Contributions from donors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 15 other countries
- The University of Arkansas Foundation, which includes the UAMS Foundation Fund, earned the #1 ranking among Southeastern Conference institutions both in terms of FY 2011 endowment investment performance, and for the five-year average annualized investment return (FY 07–FY 11).
- Private philanthropy essential for critical growth and support of:
- Cutting-edge research
- Patient-centered programs
- Faculty support
- Student scholarships
- Statewide programs and outreach
- New and enhanced facilities
- State-of-the-art equipment
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