UAMS Provides Physician Support to Pine Bluff Clinic

By Ben Boulden

Beginning this week, UAMS ear, nose and throat surgeons Jennings Boyette, M.D., and Angela Paddack, M.D., will each practice one day a week at the clinic operated by Stephen Shorts, M.D.

Boyette and Paddack also will each perform surgery one day a week at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff as part of the arrangement.

Tim Hill, director of the UAMS Center for Healthcare Enhancement and Development, said the partnership in Pine Bluff is one of the many alliances and partnerships the center is engaged or is pursuing across the state to promote best care closest to home.

Hill, formerly director of the UAMS Rural Hospital Program and UAMS Center for Rural Health, leads the new center as its director along with Associate Directors Justin Hunt, M.D., and Mark Jansen, M.D.

Hill said ideas for partnerships exist across the state, including the use of telemedicine to bring specialty care to areas that lack those services.

“The enthusiasm and creativity that we’re sensing is awesome,” Hill said. “We are rethinking both the business model and the health care model. We are coming up with some creative ideas to meet the needs for access to care and improve the health and health care of all Arkansans.”

“The need is certainly there,” Hunt said. “We’re talking to hospitals and providers across the state to determine what their needs are and eventually try to fill those needs.”

In another venture, UAMS will assist White River Health System in Batesville by treating many of its radiation oncology patients for several months in Little Rock while the Batesville hospital installs new technology and equipment.

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