Frank Broyles to Deliver Keynote at Fund-raiser for Nursing

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LITTLE ROCK – Athletic Director Frank Broyles of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville will be the keynote speaker at a March 30 luncheon to raise money for a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) nursing program specializing in care for the elderly.


The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Country Club of Little Rock. Tickets are $40 per person. For reservations, call Erwin Story at 686-7987.


Broyles, whose wife, Barbara, died last year of Alzheimer’s disease, will speak on “Coaching for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” at the benefit luncheon for Geriatric Nursing Externships awarded through the Arkansas Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at UAMS.


Proceeds from the luncheon will fund several eight-week geriatric nursing summer externships offered during the summer between students’ junior and senior years. Students will work with nursing leaders, researchers and educators to learn about options in geriatric nursing. The students will work in the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging Senior Health Center, the UAMS College of Nursing, selected nursing homes and outpatient facilities.  


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 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with almost 9,000 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.