UAMS’ Ann Riggs, M.D., Named Arkansas Medical Director of the Year

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LITTLE ROCK – Ann Riggs, M.D., vice chairman for clinical affairs in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Geriatrics, has been named the first-ever Medical Director of the Year by the Arkansas Medical Directors Association.


Riggs is medical director of three Arkansas nursing homes: Southridge Village Nursing and Rehab Center in Heber Springs, and Golden Living and Lakewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, both in North Little Rock.


Riggs was selected based on her innovation, her delivery of care in a long-term care setting and her dedication to continued professional growth in the long-term care field. Award nominations were open to any physician in good standing with at least three years experience as medical director of an Arkansas long-term care facility.


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