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UAMS-Baptist Health Partnership Could Expand in Conway

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences already provides emergency room and orthopedic services to Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway, but more could be on the way.

“Other services are being evaluated by the parties, so there may be more in the future,” UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said in an email to Whispers.

Baptist Health spokesman Mark Lowman said he had nothing to announce but the health care system is always open to partnerships with providers.

UAMS began providing emergency medicine services just before the opening of the $150 million Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. UAMS’ orthopedic support services began around the first of the year. Baptist Health, of course, remains the owner and operator of the hospital.

Baptist pays UAMS a “fair market value” for the services, Taylor said.

Working with Baptist Health isn’t new, she said. “We have worked with Baptist Health for a number of years on their Little Rock campus, where we provide vascular surgery, maternal fetal medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation services,” she said.

Lowman also said it’s not unusual for Baptist to have arrangements for emergency department services.

In fact, Baptist Health has other relationships with providers for ER services at three of its other hospitals in Arkansas.

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