(Batesville, ARK.) – White River Health System (WRHS) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have announced an affiliation agreement according to Gary Bebow, WRHS Administrator/CEO. The agreement supports the delivery of exceptional healthcare to patients and advances health sciences education while maintaining the independence of each organization.
The agreement provides the opportunity for collaboration in clinical trials and research, as well as development of telemedicine and e-consults with UAMS specialists. Using evidence based best practices, UAMS and WRHS will adopt protocols for patient care and specialty referrals.
“The approximate location of UAMS was considered for north central Arkansas residents who need tertiary level hospital care and by the Affiliation, patients will receive high quality, university-based health care without having to travel outside of Arkansas,” said Gary Bebow.
WRHS will serve as a clinical education site for UAMS students in the Health Professions, Medical, Nursing, and Pharmacy departments. UAMS will provide access to its library, research, and other educational resources. Professional development services such as continuing medical education, presentations and others resources will also be made available.
“UAMS and White River Health System share a vision of improving the health of the state’s population,” UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., said. “The new formal affiliation is natural outgrowth of that common goal. At the same time, increased opportunities for UAMS students to gain clinical experience in the community will strengthen their education and improve our state’s future health professions workforce.”
WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas. The system includes White River Medical Center (WRMC) in Batesville, Stone County Medical Center (SCMC) in Mountain View, outpatient facilities, primary care facilities, senior life centers, and specialty physician office practices. WRHS is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,870 students, 799 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.