UAMS Auxiliary Invites Public to June 13 Event to Fund Healing Art for Patients

By Holland Doran

The event will be held from 7 – 9:30 p.m. on the 12th floor of the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute and will include a live and silent auction, food, beer, wine and champagne. To purchase tickets contact Erin Gray, director of the UAMS Medical Center Volunteer Services and Auxiliary, at or (501) 686-5656.

Three live auction items will include artwork that will be completed at the event by local artists including Pat Matthews, Jane F. Hankins and Tracee Gentry-Matthews. A UAMS patient also will speak about the importance of being in a healing environment.

“There has been a lot of research demonstrating how art contributes to healing in health care facilities,” said Roxane Townsend, M.D., CEO of the UAMS Medical Center. “It contributes to shorter, more restful hospital stays and better outcomes.”

An ongoing project to place healing art throughout patient areas in the UAMS Medical Center is nearly half complete, and funds collected through from this event will be matched by an anonymous foundation for the UAMS Arts Acquisition Fund to complete the effort.

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