Kentucky Derby Watch Party May 7 to Benefit UAMS Preemies

By Nate Hinkel

The event will be 4-6:30 p.m. in the Fred W. Smith Conference Center on the 12th floor of the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling (501) 686-7327.

Guests will watch the 137th Running of the Kentucky Derby on a 12 ft. by 24 ft. theater-style screen while enjoying Derby-themed fare catered by Capers restaurant and music by the jazz trio The Real Thing. Derby hats are encouraged.

Silent auction items include a Viking grill, a cosmetic consultation with Suzanne Yee, M.D., a guided duck hunt, an Arkansas Travelers luxury suite for a 2011 season game, artwork, jewelry and restaurant gift cards, among many others.

Sponsors include USA Drug, Arvest Bank, First Arkansas Bank and Trust, Affiliated Real Estate Appraisers of Arkansas, Regions Bank, JPMS Cox, Williams & Anderson PLC, Mitchell Williams, Bankers Assurance LLC, Viking Range Corporation and Distinctive Designs by Tanarah.

The event is hosted by the UAMS Consortium, a council of advocates for the future of UAMS that works to increase community awareness of the UAMS mission by forging relationships with the business community.

The NICU at UAMS combines advanced technology with trained health care professionals to provide specialized treatment for the tiniest of patients. It averages more than 1,000 admissions each year and has survival rates among the best in the nation.

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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. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,836 students and 761 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