Public Invited Jan. 27 to Celebrate Addition to UAMS Fort Smith Family Medical Center

By David Robinson

During the 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. open house, the public is invited to take tours of the building, meet the staff and enjoy light refreshments. The additional clinic space at 600 South 14th Street, Fort Smith is a remodeled building one block from the original Family Medical Center clinic and the UAMS Area Health Education Center (AHEC) West. Together, the clinic buildings give the Family Medical Center 27,738 square feet to accommodate an increasing demand for care.

“We have increased our clinic’s patient volume by 24.5 percent since 2007, so we’re very excited to now have the capacity to meet the growing demand for family medical care,” said Don Heard, Ed.D., director of AHEC West.

With 11 faculty physicians, two nurse practitioners, a pharmacist and a social worker, the Family Medical Center – Fort Smith provides a full range of family medical care for children, adults and the elderly.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the Family Medical Center – Fort Smith had 32,578 clinic visits and delivered nearly 500 babies. Doctors there also had more than 22,000 hospital patient visits at Sparks Regional Medical Center, which partners with the UAMS clinic and AHEC. Family Medical Center – Fort Smith physicians also provided more than 300 nursing home visits.

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 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. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or