UAMS, Baptist Health join forces

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Baptist Health will establish a medical oncology and infusion clinic at the Baptist Health Medical Center campus in Little Rock and a medical oncology, infusion and radiation therapy clinic at the Baptist Health Medical Center campus in Fort Smith. ,

As part of the Little Rock Project effort, UAMS and Baptist Health will form a limited liability company called BH-UAMS Oncology Services Little Rock, LLC. Each party will own 50% in the LLC.

According to a written submission from University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt, UAMS will make a capital contribution of approximately $1,338,129.

“Through service contracts with the LLC, UAMS will provide management, IT consulting and physician services, all of which will be compensated based on an independent third-party fair market valuation,” written presentation provided to the board of trustees According to the University of Arkansas. The board met on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Trustee Sheffield Nelson said, “It seems like one of the wisest moves we’ve made in a long time.” “I think it would be a very smart investment.”

During the early stages of their affiliation, Baptist Health and UAMS formed BH-UAMS Oncology Services, LLC, to own and operate a radiation therapy clinic on the campus of Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock.

According to the presentation, UAMS also opened a medical oncology and infusion clinic on the same campus so that UAMS and Baptist Health North can provide “comprehensive oncology care” for the Little Rock community.

The purpose of the affiliation is to maximize quality treatment options for residents and citizens of Arkansas to stay in the state for oncology care, improve recruitment of experienced oncology providers to the state, and enable UAMS to achieve National Cancer Institute designation. cancer research – which will provide UAMS with the opportunity to receive additional federal and private grant funding for cancer research.

“I want to commend UAMS on collaborating with other healthcare providers, [because] It’s smart, and I couldn’t endorse it more,” said board chairman CC “Cliff” Gibson III. “We help them, and they help us.”

“We have an obligation to seek opportunities to collaborate,” said UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson. “We are open for business.”

The UA board on Wednesday approved the formation and investment of the new limited liability company.

On Tuesday, UAMS officials updated the trustees on their digital health initiative.

The UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation is unique in terms of reaching and improving health outcomes for rural people more than remote health initiatives in any other state, “and I don’t think anyone would disagree with that statement,” Patterson said. Told Mandal.

Patterson said digital health provides access to healthcare so fewer people use emergency rooms as “primary care.” People using the ER for primary care, rather than reserving it for those who truly need emergency care, is “less-than-ideal” for patients and providers.

One of the goals of the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation is to address health disparities in the state, especially for rural Arkansas, said Dr. Joseph Sanford, director of the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation.

Established in early 2019, the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation connects a handful of hospitals and clinics across the state to deliver telemedicine, continuing medical and health education, public health education and evaluation research via interactive video.

The Institute for Digital Health and Innovation’s Arkansas Stroke Program, which works with nearly 50 partnering sites across the state, provides 24/7 counseling coverage and support for Arkansans who have experienced a stroke — including the effects of a stroke — including getting a life-saving drug that can reduce stroke outcomes — has helped move the state from last dead ranking in the U.S. to 37th for stroke outcomes, said Sanford, who also served as associate vice chancellor, chief clinical informatics officer and He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Department of Biomedical Informatics of the UAMS College of Medicine.

The Institute for Digital Health and Innovation is also home to the High-Risk Pregnancy Program, a support network for high-risk obstetrics patients and providers in Arkansas that partners with the Arkansas Department of Human Services and is supported by the Arkansas Medical Society .

“When I hear about all these advances, I am sure all of us in Arkansas can look forward to a better state of health,” said Col. Nate Todd, a member of the Board of Trustees. “I thank UAMS for its leadership in this area.”

Gibson was similarly impressed.

“It’s stellar and amazing,” he said. “very nice.”

Patterson also updated the trustees on several construction projects.

He said a new $54 million power plant on the east side of the Little Rock campus is 99% complete and should begin producing energy this year. “Energy isn’t ‘sexy’, but it is important in more ways than one, and we’ve already achieved $7.5 million in energy savings.”

Patterson said the energy plan is critical to meeting his goal of being “carbon-neutral” in 2030.

A 20,000-square-foot child development center — which will be at the intersection of 11th and Monroe Streets, south of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and across Interstate 630 from the main UAMS campus in Little Rock — is scheduled for completion. In January 2024, he said. It will serve 200 children of UAMS staff and students, and nearly all costs will be covered by grants and tax credits.

A 115,000-square-foot Northwest Arkansas Orthopedic and Sports Medicine facility is “in the design phase,” he said. The $89 million facility will focus on assisting residents of Northwest Arkansas, including Arkansas Razorbacks athletes.

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