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UAMS, Baptist Health Collaborate in Vascular Care, Surgery Venture

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Baptist Health are collaborating on a new 24-hour, seven-day-a-week vascular care and surgery service at Baptist Health in Little Rock.

Under the arrangement, referred to as Baptist Health/UAMS Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, the board-certified division of Vascular Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine joins Baptist Health vascular surgeon Dr. Robert Casali to provide the service, which includes vascular surgery in the emergency department.

The clinic is located on the seventh floor of Medical Tower I at Baptist Health.

“This latest endeavor is yet another example of changing the way health care is delivered in order to provide excellent patient care,” Russell D. Harrington Jr., president and CEO of Baptist Health, said in the news release.

With the constant change of economics in health care, UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn said many health care providers are looking for creative ways to adapt while keeping patient care standards elevated.

“The area of vascular surgery provides both UAMS and Baptist Health an excellent opportunity for collaboration in attaining those goals,” he said in the release.

In addition to Casali, UAMS Chief of Vascular Surgery Dr. Mohammed Moursi and UAMS vascular surgeons Dr. Ahasan Ali, Dr. Matthew Smeds and Dr. Guillermo Escobar are also providing care at the clinic.

Vascular surgeons treat arterial blockages, aneurysms, vascular trauma and varicose veins among other diseases that affect the arteries, veins and lymphatic systems outside of the heart and head.

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