Large Hospital Finalist: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Large Hospital Finalist: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock (Ed LaCasse)

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has set a goal to, by 2029, lead Arkansas to be the healthiest state in the region through education, clinical care, research and purposeful leadership.

UAMS resolved that in the next decade its status as Arkansas’ only academic health system will allow it to deliver lasting health and health care improvements to its home state. Aiding in this vision will be its statewide network of campuses for public education and clinical outreach, along with cores of expertise in medical specialties, population health, digital health, health informatics and translational research.

UAMS chose to culminate its 10-year, Vision 2029 strategic plan on the 150th anniversary of its creation in 1879 as the first medical school in Arkansas.

New strategic objectives build on achievements from its previous Vision 2020 plan, which led UAMS to create an integrated, patient- and family-centered clinical enterprise; focus on educating culturally competent health professionals equipped to practice team care; and continue to develop and expand nationally recognized research programs that advanced scientific and public health knowledge.

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. It educates current and future health professionals and the public and provides high-quality, innovative, patient- and family-centered health care. UAMS also provides specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings. It advances knowledge in areas of human health and disease and translates and accelerates discoveries into health improvements.

UAMS is one of the greatest economic engines in Arkansas. As the state’s only comprehensive academic medical center, UAMS plays an enormous role in educating the state’s physician workforce, producing nearly half of the state’s practicing physicians. In rural parts of the state that often face a shortage of doctors, UAMS trains an even higher percentage of the physicians — nearly 60%.

UAMS fosters, encourages and expects honesty, accountability and transparency in pursuit of the highest ethical and professional standards in all it does. It takes responsibility for its performance, and will engage employees, patients and families, learners and stakeholders in critical decisions.

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Total students enrolled in UAMS medical schools

Outpatients who visited UAMS regional centers in Fiscal Year 2019

UAMS got its start in 1879, a few weeks before Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, when eight physicians pooled their money and invested $5,000 to begin Arkansas’ first medical school.