UAMS Breast Center Site and Cancer Procedures Facility Gifted $1 Million

By Nate Hinkel

The gift will support construction and services of the facility, which will be located on the third floor of the Cancer Institute at UAMS.

“Stuart Cobb has a longstanding and special connection to the Cancer Institute. Her generous donation will ensure that Arkansans have access to the most advanced facility for mammography and other essential outpatient cancer-related procedures for many years to come,” said UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D.

Upon completion, the UAMS Breast Center will move from its current location in the Outpatient Center to the Cancer Institute’s third floor. In addition to its all-digital mammography equipment, the center provides a full range of breast imaging and diagnostic services, including ultrasound, MRI and biopsy.

“Stuart Cobb’s generosity will help us create a warm, comfortable and spacious area for the Breast Center, hopefully alleviating some of the anxiety that people experience when undergoing medical exams and procedures. We’re very grateful for her gift and what it will provide the women of Arkansas,” said UAMS Cancer Institute Director Peter Emanuel, M.D.

The facility also will house equipment for bone marrow biopsy, an essential procedure for patients with blood cancers, as well as CT scanners, interventional oncology services, and other radiologic procedures.

A charter member of the Cancer Institute Auxiliary, Cobb was instrumental in establishing the Cancer Institute’s gift shop, which now serves as one of the organization’s primary fundraising projects. All sales at the gift shop directly benefit support services for patients.

Cobb served as auxiliary president in 1991-1992, was named Volunteer of the Year in 1996 and co-chaired the Cooks Tour fundraising event in 1998. She continues to serve as an auxiliary board member and volunteer on many projects, in addition to serving on the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation Fund Board.

She also previously served as president of the Junior League of Little Rock and co-chair of Arkansas’ Race for the Cure. In 1993, Cobb was named a Community Service Award recipient from the Arkansas Department of Human Services. She was the wife of the late Jim Cobb of Little Rock.

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