May 26, 2020

Kangaroo Care Promotes Growth, Bonding

Katrina Dupins

Amanda Craver

While so many things have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits of skin-to-skin time for moms and their preemies is still strong. Kangaroo Care, the name for skin-to-skin contact with a preterm baby, has a positive physical that goes beyond strengthening a bond, researchers say. “In the best of circumstances, Kangaroo care provides…

May 20, 2020

Kidney Transplant Changes Life of Former High School Athlete

Katrina Dupins

Anthony Freeman

Anthony Freeman was a star athlete when he was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure at age 15. The then-ninth grader from Gravel Ridge took a physical examination as required for all members of the football team, when the examiner discovered his blood pressure was dangerously high. “I was probably showing symptoms before,” Freeman said. “But…

May 4, 2020

Volunteer Group Donates 10,000 Masks to UAMS

Katrina Dupins

Mask donation

Volunteerism has always been at the forefront of the Ismaili Muslim Community. So when members of the Ismaili Jamatkhana Little Rock heard there was a need for masks at UAMS, they sprang into action. I-CERV, which stands for Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering, is a platform for the Ismaili community to engage in community…

Caregiving Couple Makes Time for Exercise Together

Katrina Dupins

Tom and Mary Banks

Tom and Mary Banks are professionals when it comes to family caregiving. The Little Rock couple has been caring for Mary Banks’ 101-year-old mother, Virginia Lee Pairett, for the past three years. Before that, they cared for Tom Banks’ mom until she passed away at 102 years old. The Banks lived in North Carolina for…

April 24, 2020

Gardening Community Steps in to Keep UAMS Beautiful

Katrina Dupins


The tulips on the main campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) were just starting to bloom when the COVID-19 pandemic reached Arkansas. In this time of anxiety about the future, the flowers’ beauty did not go unnoticed. “There was so much concern and uncertainty,” said UAMS Landscape Manager Penny Talbert. “Many…

March 17, 2020

Student Doesn’t Miss a Beat with New Leadless Pacemaker

Katrina Dupins


Last year at this time, Catherine (Kathi) Clevenger was running an average of six miles every day and would spend her free time studying at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. But around August, she noticed something was off. She would occasionally experience shortness of breath, heart palpitations and fainting. “Sometimes I would wake…

February 19, 2020

Free Dementia Training Now Offered Online

Katrina Dupins

First responders

UAMS police and others are taking advantage of a free newly available online course to improve interactions when they come in contact with older Arkansans who have dementia. The course is provided by the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) at UAMS. Laura Spradley, an outreach coordinator for AGEC, says the training allows officers to not…

February 18, 2020

Family and Baby Stay Close with Ronald McDonald Family Room

Katrina Dupins

Emily & children

Emily and Michael Baker are no novices when it comes to being the parent of a premature baby. Their daughter, Isabella, 3, and son, Bradley who is nearly 2, are both graduates of the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). And now their son Joshua, born Jan. 14 at 28 weeks and 2 days, is…

February 11, 2020

Car Crash Leads to Discovery of Brain Tumor, Now in Remission

Katrina Dupins

Matthew Koshinksi

Matthew Koshinski believes the car crash he was in two years ago saved his life. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2018, he wasn’t feeling his best. But the 22-year-old supervisor at UPS went in to work anyway. “I didn’t think much of it. I just thought I’d push through it.” He ended up leaving…

January 28, 2020

UAMS First in Central Arkansas to Use Nitrous Oxide for Laboring Moms

Katrina Dupins

Vivanna Imbert wraps newborn Diego.

Nurses, obstetricians and midwives in UAMS Labor and Delivery are excited about a new option to relieve pain for laboring mothers. In January, UAMS Medical Center became the first hospital in central Arkansas to offer nitrous oxide during labor. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas,  is sometimes used during dental procedures. This option is…

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