UAMS this week marked the opening of its newest transplant clinic in Helena-West Helena, the sixth satellite center statewide at which UAMS provides monthly follow-up care for transplant patients.
UAMS is home to the state’s only adult kidney and liver transplant programs, having performed more than 1,800 kidney transplants since 1964 and more than 400 liver transplants since 2005, according to a news release.
The transplants are performed in Little Rock, while preliminary, ongoing and follow-up care is provided in Little Rock and at satellite clinics across the state. The other five satellite clinics are located in existing UAMS Family Medicine Clinics in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Texarkana, Fort Smith and Pine Bluff.
Care provided at the satellite clinics includes dialysis access evaluation; liver, pancreatic and cancer evaluation and care; management of disorders of the bile ducts; and care for liver failure and liver dysfunction.
UAMS physicians travel to the clinics once a month on a regular schedule.
“We want to have the whole state covered, to make it easy for our transplant patients to obtain necessary care without having to travel long distances,” Dr. Lyle Burdine, director of solid organ transplants at UAMS, said in the release.