Kentucky Derby Watch Party May 5 to Benefit UAMS Programs

By Nate Hinkel

The event will benefit the UAMS Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which specializes in the care of fragile newborns, and its OB/GYN Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, which focuses on the management of high-risk pregnancies.

The Julep Cup Jaunt 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 $30 in advance and $40 day of the event. Tickets can be purchased by calling (501) 686-7327.

Guests will watch the 138th 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, box seats for six at Oaklawn, a golf outing for four at Southern Oaks Country Club, Arkansas Travelers tickets, Razorback memorabilia, artwork including a Barry Thomas print, jewelry, a Barbara Jean beauty extravaganza, and restaurant gift cards, among many others.

Sponsors include USA Drug; The Hat Club, Arvest Bank; Colliers International, Regions Insurance Inc.; U.S. Foods; First Arkansas Bank and Trust; Entergy Arkansas; Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard P.L.L.C.; Regions Bank; CenterPoint Energy; Affiliated Real Estate Appraisers of Arkansas; Bankers Assurance LLC; Clark Contractors; JPMS Cox; Williams & Anderson PLC; Simmons Bank, Waco Title; 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.

UAMS’s OB/GYN Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine has the state’s only board certified sub-specialists managing high-risk pregnancies. The specialists at UAMS are dedicated to improving maternal and child outcomes through the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of both maternal and fetal diseases. High-risk obstetrical care is provided locally in Little Rock, as well as throughout the state through interactive video connections (telemedicine) linking UAMS specialists with 24 sites across Arkansas.

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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 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