March 25, 2008

UAMS Benefit Luncheon to Support Geriatric Nurse Training

LITTLE ROCK – A benefit luncheon for a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) nursing program specializing in care for the elderly will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 15 at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock.


Proceeds from the luncheon will provide eight-week geriatric nursing externships awarded by the Arkansas Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at UAMS. Tickets are $40 per person. For reservations, call Sandie Lubin at 686-7984.


Allan Ward, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will be the guest speaker with “The Sage in All of Us,” sharing his insights and wisdom about continuing to be a vital member of the community.


Ward retired from an award-winning teaching career at UALR in 2000 and is an author, lecturer and longtime community activist. He has an extensive background of multi-cultural awareness and community improvement efforts both locally and globally.


These competitive geriatric nursing externships are offered during the summer between students’ junior and senior years. Students train with nursing leaders, researchers and educators and work at 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, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit