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UAMS Breaks Ground on $85M Surgical Hospital

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences broke ground Monday on its $85 million UAMS Health Surgical Hospital, which is expected to be complete by spring 2023.

The project is being paid for by a bond issue UA trustees approved this year.

The hospital will be an extension of the UAMS Medical Center. It will feature:

  • Four floors totaling more than 158,000 SF;
  • 24 private patient rooms for overnight observation and inpatient stays;
  • 12 exam rooms for orthopaedic trauma, orthopaedic oncology and physical medicine and rehabilitation;
  • 12 operating rooms;
  • Eight exam rooms and two procedure suites for the pain management team;
  • Faculty and administrative offices for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; and 
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery resident educational space.

“With the beginning of this exciting new project, UAMS is growing physically to meet the expanding volume of orthopaedic surgeries at UAMS Health,” CEO and Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson said in a news release. “The new hospital will help us to better serve our patients and their families. The need for this space is evidence of the success and the reputation of our orthopaedic surgeons and the overall orthopaedic team in patient care.”

“When the construction is complete, it will be a place of healing and innovation in keeping with the tradition of excellence at UAMS,” added Dr. C. Lowry Barnes, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “Our surgeons, nurses and staff demonstrate every day their great skill and compassion for our patients. We look forward to using this new space and the functionality it will provide to showcase even better that talent and caring.”

The new building will complement, not replace, UAMS’ existing off-campus orthopaedic clinics in Little Rock.

The project architect is Cromwell and Davis Stokes Collaborative, and the general contractor is Nabholz Construction.

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