Kentucky Derby Watch Party May 4 to Benefit UAMS Preemies

By Nate Hinkel

The event benefits UAMS’ 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 treatment and 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 the day of the event, and can be purchased online by visiting or by calling (501) 686-7327.

Guests will watch the 139th Running of the Kentucky Derby on a 12 ft. by 24 ft. theater-style screen while enjoying Derby-themed fare catered by Capers restaurant. Derby hats are encouraged.

Silent auction items include exclusive dinner parties, box seats at Oaklawn Park and Arkansas Travelers games, multiple golf outings, professional photography packages, art, jewelry, beauty extravaganzas, kids furniture and restaurant gift cards, among many others.

Sponsors include Dale Capital Partners; The Hat Club; Arvest; Colliers International; Regions Insurance; JPMS Cox; Ferstl Valuation Services; UARK Federal Credit Union; The Fleming Company; Delta Trust & Bank; Legacy Capital Group; Hart, Chandler & Associates, PLLC; First Arkansas Bank & Trust; Glazers Distribution; Budweiser; Mitchell Williams; Regions; CenterPoint Energy; Clark Contractors; Bank of America; Merrill Lynch; US Foods; Bankers Assurance; Friday, Eldredge & Clark; TC Print; Tanarah Luxe Floral; Arkansas One Call; Robin Dee Enterprises, Inc; and Simmons Bank.

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

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health 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 790 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 regional centers throughout the state. Visit or