UAMS Medical Center

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UAMS Medical Center
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Main Hospital Entrance at Hooper Drive
Location Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Coordinates 34°44′53″N92°19′15″W / 34.74805556°N 92.32083333°W / 34.74805556; -92.32083333 Coordinates: 34°44′53″N92°19′15″W / 34.74805556°N 92.32083333°W / 34.74805556; -92.32083333
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university UAMS College of Medicine
Standards Joint Commission
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Lists Hospitals in Arkansas

UAMS Medical Center is a teaching hospital and a Level I trauma center in Little Rock, Arkansas. [1]

A teaching hospital is a hospital or medical center that provides medical education and training to future and current health professionals. Teaching hospitals are often affiliated with medical schools and work closely with medical students throughout their period of matriculation, and especially during their clerkship (internship) years. In most cases, teaching hospitals also offer Graduate Medical Education (GME)/ physician residency programs, where medical school graduates train under a supervising (attending) physician to assist with the coordination of care.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.



UAMS Medical Center (formerly known as University Hospital of Arkansas) is affiliated with UAMS College of Medicine, part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and under the flagship of the University of Arkansas System. UAMS Medical Center has been ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" by US News & World Report 13 consecutive times. [2] In 2011, UAMS Medical Center was awarded and named the "Top Hospital" out of 23 in the Little Rock Metropolitan Area by U.S. News & World Report. It is also recognized as a "high performing" hospital in the areas of Cancer, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gynecology, and Nephrology. UAMS Medical Center was featured on the cover of American Hospital Association's Health Facilities magazine for the recently constructed 553,282-square-foot (51,401.6 m2), $197 million expansion to replace the original facility that was completed in 1956. [3] [4]

UAMS College of Medicine

UAMS College of Medicine is a medical school that is part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a state-run university in the U.S. state of Arkansas and part of the University of Arkansas System. The primary campus is in Little Rock and is affiliated with UAMS Medical Center, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and Central Arkansas Veterans HealthCare System. A branch campus, UAMS Northwest is in Fayetteville. It is one of three medical schools in Arkansas, with NYITCOM in Jonesboro and Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith being the other two.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences university

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is part of the University of Arkansas System, a state-run university in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The main campus is located in Little Rock and consists of five colleges including one graduate school, seven institutes, a statewide network of community educational centers, and the UAMS Medical Center.

University of Arkansas System

The University of Arkansas System comprises six campuses within the state of Arkansas; a medical school; two law schools; a unique graduate school focused on public service; a HBCU, statewide research, service and educational units for agriculture, criminal justice and archeology; and several community colleges. Over 50,000 students are enrolled in over 188 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.


The UAMS campus facilities have undergone massive renovations and expansions in the past decades. The campus currently spans a total of 84 acres (340,000 m2), covers over 25 buildings, and contains over 5,200,000 square feet (480,000 m2). [5]


Although UAMS Medical Center (also known as University of Arkansas Medical Center) was founded in 1879, no patients were admitted or treated at the facility until 1892. [5] What started as a free clinic later evolved into an entity known only as City Hospital when UAMS moved their campus just outside downtown Little Rock in 1935. [5] That facility is now home to the William H. Bowen School of Law. UAMS and the City Hospital remained at that location until 1956, when they moved to the current location on West Markham Street in the central part of Little Rock. That 40 acre site was deeded to the university by the Arkansas State Hospital, and the name UAMS Medical Center originated with the new campus location. The campus saw extensive growth in the early 1960s to the late 1990s. UAMS began another large campus expansion in phases from 2001 to 2011, making it the state's largest academic health center.

William H. Bowen School of Law

The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law is a public law school, part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The school is both American Bar Association (ABA) accredited and a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Affiliated institutions

Arkansas Children's Hospital
John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital-VA Medical Center (Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System)

Arkansas Childrens Hospital Hospital in Arkansas, US United States

Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) is a pediatric hospital with a Level I trauma center in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is among the largest in the United States, serving children from birth to age 21. ACH is affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and serves as a teaching hospital with the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics. ACH staff consists of more than 505 physicians, 200 residents, and 4,400 support staff. The hospital includes 356 licensed beds, and offers three intensive care units. The campus spans 36 city blocks and has a floor space of over 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2).

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