The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) announced Thursday (Sept. 27) the opening of the Centers for Children in Jonesboro.
The center, which is initially offering neurology and cardiology clinics, will eventually provide additional pediatric services.
The new UAMS/ACH Centers for Children location at 520 Carson Street in Jonesboro is expected to reduce travel requirements to Little Rock or Memphis for key evaluations and services.
“We want families to have excellent care available to their children as close to their front doors as possible,” said ACH President and CEO Jonathan Bates, MD. “Through the Centers for Children, ACH and UAMS are delivering these specialized services in more familiar environments, which means better outcomes and happier, healthier children.”
The collaboration between UAMS and ACH is expected to result in a strengthened coordinated system of care for children across the state.
“It’s all about the kids,” said College of Medicine Dean Debra H. Fiser, MD. “The overriding goal of the UAMS Department of Pediatrics and Arkansas Children’s Hospital has always been to improve the health and welfare of children in Arkansas. The Centers for Children in Jonesboro will help us to enhance the health and health care of children in Northeast Arkansas for generations to come.”
The institutions expect there will be between 1,500 and 2,000 visits to the neurology and cardiology clinics in the first year at the Centers for Children in Jonesboro.
UAMS and ACH plan to offer additional clinics at the Jonesboro campus in the coming months, as well. These additional clinics will be based on volume and feedback from the referring physicians in the region.