Public Invited to UAMS Liver Transplant Presentation

By todd

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will present a program to help potential liver transplant patients and their families understand the process during a real-time interactive television presentation airing Oct. 6 at several locations in South and Southeast Arkansas.


The program, part of UAMS’ Rural Hospital Program, is free and open to the public. It will air from 6-7 p.m. at medical facilities in Helena, Lake Village, McGehee and Texarkana.


Sue Belcher, R.N., liver transplant coordinator for UAMS, will present the program at UAMS’ Little Rock campus and it will be delivered via UAMS’ telehealth network, which uses the latest two-way, interactive video technology. In May, UAMS became the state’s first hospital to provide liver transplants. 


The presentation can be viewed at:


  • UAMS Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Southwest in Texarkana, contact Phyllis Lewis, 870-779-6082
  • Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village,  contact Shirley Catalani, 870-265-5351, extension 312 
  • Desha County Hospital in McGehee, contact Jessica Nelson, 870-222-5600
  • Helena Regional Medical Center, contact Juril Fonzi, 870-816-3941 
  • UAMS, Little Rock Campus, Education II building, Room B112, contact 686-2590.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.