February 17, 2010

UAMS Institute on Aging Hosts Free Seminar on Palliative Care

LITTLE ROCK – The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will host a free four-week seminar on palliative, or comfort, care starting March 8 at the Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive.

“Lessons in Palliative Care: Comfort Care When it is Needed Most” is the title of the series hosted by Kim Curseen, M.D., clinical director of Palliative Care in the UAMS Reynolds Institute on Aging, along with other palliative care professionals. The sessions will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on four Mondays, March 8-March 29, in the Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium on the ground floor of the Institute on Aging. Free parking is available.

For more information, call 501-526-6553.

Palliative care includes treatment intended to comfort and support patients and families who are living with a serious illness.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 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 the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 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. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.