Former Preemies at UAMS NICU Invited to June 1 Reunion

By Nate Hinkel

LITTLE ROCK —   Former patients of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and their families are invited to its second annual reunion June 1 to celebrate and reconnect with doctors and staff.

The free event will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Scimitar Shrine building, located at 1 Scimitar Circle (off the Interstate 30 frontage road) in Little Rock.

Food, live music, games and other entertainment will be provided as former patients and their families reunite with each other and UAMS staff. The NICU at UAMS combines advanced technology with trained health care professionals to provide specialized treatment for the tiniest of patients in a patient- and family-centered environment. It averages more than 1,500 admissions each year and has survival rates among the best in the nation.

“Infants can remain in the UAMS NICU anywhere from one day up to six months,” said Becky Sartini, clinical services manager of the NICU. “We form special bonds with our patients and their families and this event helps us reconnect and celebrate.”

For more information email Diane Rushin, R.N., at or Loretta Black, R.N., at, or call them at (501) 526-1500.

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