NWACF Gives UAMS $100,000 for New Fayetteville Campus

The Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation on Thursday gave the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences $100,000 to help establish a new northwest Arkansas satellite campus.

The campus, to be located in Fayetteville at the site of the former Washington Regional Medical Center, is scheduled to open for the fall 2009 semester. It will provide facilities for students, resident physicians, faculty and patients.

UAMS said the campus will have between 250 and 300 students, including students in medical, pharmacy, nursing and allied health programs - along with resident physicians - when full enrollment is reached.

The campus will include the UAMS colleges of medicine, pharmacy and health related professions. UAMS announced plans in 2006 to establish the campus, saying its Little Rock campus and UAMS programs around the state are not able to accommodate enough new students.

It has since named a vice chancellor for the campus, as well as a development director.

"The UAMS-Northwest Campus will have one of the largest impacts on quality of life northwest Arkansas has yet seen," Jack Butt, NWACF board chairman, said in a UAMS news release. "We see this as a huge opportunity and with this donation lead the charge to raise the private funding necessary for this wonderful opportunity to become a reality."