UAMS South Celebrates New Magnolia Offices

By Ben Boulden

UAMS South, which includes UAMS Family Medical Center Magnolia and community health education programs, began serving patients there in August, moving from temporary space in another part of the city.

Attending today’s open house were: State Sen. Bruce Maloch of Magnolia; State Reps. David Fielding and Lane Jean, both of Magnolia; Deke Whitbeck, field representative for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor; Magnolia Mayor Parnell Vann; Michael Fitts, Psy.D., director of UAMS South; Margaret West, Magnolia Regional Medical Center CEO; Mark Mengel, M.D., UAMS vice chancellor of Regional Programs; and Sterling Moore, UAMS assistant vice chancellor of Regional Programs.

“With the new offices in Magnolia, UAMS South and its various programs in the region are even better positioned to continue to maintain strong relationships with area hospitals, county health offices, social service agencies and city and county governments to improve the health of all Arkansans,” Fitts said.

Since its founding in 1979, UAMS South has trained 138 family practice physicians through its residency program. In the last 10 years, it also has trained 248 medical students and 112 students in pharmacy and other health professions. More than 25,283 people have received educational materials through its library in the same time frame.

“The director, faculty and staff of UAMS did an excellent job of establishing a high-quality family medicine rural training track residency that serves as a model for encouraging family physicians to get their training and practice in rural Arkansas,” Mengel said.

UAMS South, through its Family Medical Center and the El Dorado-based Veterans Administration Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, averages 24,000 patient visits each year in hospitals and its offices. In 2012, it provided 14 health screenings for a total of 785 people.

UAMS Family Medical Center – Magnolia, along with other UAMS Family Medical Centers statewide, in 2012 earned national recognition as a patient-centered medical home, empowering their chronically ill patients in directing their care in a way that should improve health outcomes while lowering health costs.

The initial Area Health Education Centers Program, today’s UAMS regional centers, was started in 1973 through the efforts of then-Gov. Dale Bumpers, the Arkansas Legislature and UAMS to train medical residents and provide clinical care and health education services around the state.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.