UAMS, Mountain Home Educator to Speak at National Meeting

By David Robinson

Jones, an assistant professor in the Department of Respiratory and Surgical Technologies in the UAMS College of Health Related Professions, will speak at the American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum set for July 17-20 in Vail, Colo.

Jones leads the respiratory care program at the UAMS Area Health Education Center (AHEC) North Central in Batesville and Mountain Home. He is program director of the Arkansas State University (ASU) – Mountain Home respiratory care program, and he coordinates the UAMS respiratory care satellite program in Batesville.

“We are providing important education to people who choose to live and work in rural communities,” said Dennis Moore, Pharm.D., director of AHEC North Central. “We couldn’t do it without these unique partnerships between UAMS – a major teaching and research institution – and our community colleges.”

“It is a tremendous honor for Tom to be invited to speak at this national meeting,” said Patricia “Pat” Bailey, Ed.D., provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at ASU Mountain Home. “We are fortunate to have him leading this program.”

As part of the conference’s Dr. Fred Helmholz Education Lecture Series, Jones will offer his perspective of how respiratory care program graduates can advance their educational and career goals.

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 seven 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, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. 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