UAMS’ Worthington Recognized for Work with Abuse Victims

By David Robinson

Worthington, who works in the Center for Children at Risk, a collaboration of UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), received the award during an April ceremony marking Crime Victims Week. The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board annually presents an award of appreciation to recognize Arkansans who are outstanding advocates in their role of providing service to victims of violent crimes.

Worthington has been with the Center for Children at Risk since 1994 where she performs examinations on suspected abuse victims seen at the Arkansas Children’s House and ACH. In addition, she reviews physical evaluations of children seen at Arkansas Children’s Hospital with a diagnosis of child abuse and serves as a consultant for pediatric residents, physicians and community health care providers for clinical issues relating to child abuse.

Worthington received a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1980 from the UAMS College of Nursing. She is an affiliate member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Pulaski County Multi-Disciplinary Team.

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; a statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: 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. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. 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 or