UAMS campusThe University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the only academic health sciences university and the only adult Level One Trauma Center in the state of Arkansas. We are the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. UAMS offers 73 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs and certificates through our Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Public Health and graduate school. Students attend classes at the UAMS main campus in Little Rock and our regional campus in northwest Arkansas. The hospital capacity is 450 beds, including 346 adult beds, 64 newborn bassinets and 40 psychiatry beds.

The mission of UAMS is to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world by educating current and future health professionals and the public, providing high-quality, innovative, patient- and family–centered health care and specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings, and advancing knowledge in areas of human health and disease and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Exterior of Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Children are at the center of everything we do. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas.

As Champions for Children, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has joined the elite 6 percent of hospitals in the world that have Magnet Status. Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes.

Arkansas Children’s is driven by four core values: safety, teamwork, compassion and excellence. These values inform every decision and every action, from the aggressive pursuit of zero hospital infections to treating each family with dignity, kindness and concern. These core values fundamentally guide our work at Arkansas Children’s.

For more than a century, Arkansas Children’s has continuously evolved to meet the unique needs of the children of Arkansas and beyond. Today, Arkansas Children’s is more than just a hospital treating sick kids – our services include two hospitals, a pediatric research institute, a foundation, clinics, education and outreach, all with an unyielding commitment to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.

Arkansas Children’s reaches more children in more ways where they live, learn and play.

The ACH system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally-recognized transport service. They are nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in four specialties (2017-18): Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery, ranked No. 37; Neonatology, No. 38; Pediatric Pulmonology, ranked No. 47; and Pediatric Urology, ranked No. 48. A sister campus, Arkansas Children’s Northwest, is under development in Springdale and will bring 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services to children in that corner of the state.

Baptist Health Medical Center

Exterior of Baptist Health Little Rock campusFor more than 90 years, Baptist Health has been delivering quality healthcare to the citizens of Arkansas. With more than 175 points of access – including eight Arkansas hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, family clinics, therapy and wellness centers — Baptist Health is committed to delivering all their best in healthcare to the people of Arkansas.

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Exterior of VA hospitalThe Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), a flagship Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare provider, is one of the largest and busiest VA medical centers in the country. Its two hospitals, located in Little Rock and North Little Rock, anchor a broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, ranging from disease prevention through primary care, to complex surgical procedures, to extended rehabilitative care. This System serves as a teaching facility for more than 1,500 students and residents enrolled in more than 65 educational programs; its principal affiliate is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

CAVHS is reaching out to veterans through its community-based outpatient clinics in Mountain Home, El Dorado, Hot Springs, Mena, Pine Bluff, Searcy, Conway, Russellville, its Home Health Care Service Center in Hot Springs, and a VA Drop-In Day Treatment Center for homeless veterans in downtown Little Rock. Throughout its rich 90 year history, CAVHS has been widely recognized for excellence in education, research, and emergency prepardedness, and -first and foremost -for a tradition of quality and caring for Arkansas veterans.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary

Exterior of CHI St. Vincent hospital CHI St. Vincent Infirmary is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization serving the health care needs of Arkansans with more than 600 licensed beds and patients from all 75 counties. We serve residents who seek advanced care in specialties for heart care, neurosciences (brain and spine), and orthopedics. They also take part in bringing almost 1,000 babies to life each year through their maternity program.

Regional Programs

Graphic of the state of Arkansas divided into zonesAcross Arkansas, UAMS Regional Programs provide access to medical services for rural residents and education for healthcare students and professionals. This combination of service and education improves the health for rural Arkansans while also providing needed experience and training. UAMS Regional Programs, formerly the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, was started in 1973 through the combined efforts of then Governor Dale Bumpers, the Arkansas State Legislature and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Eight Regional Centers serve as the main educational outreach effort of UAMS, preparing physicians and healthcare professionals to serve in rural areas. The programs offer training for family medicine residents and students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and some fields of allied health, as well as continuing education for medical professionals. The Regional Centers also provide information and programs about health careers to ensure an adequate future workforce for the state.