“After 5 years in private practice in Pine Bluff, I moved to Michigan and became a pediatric hospitalist. I was pleased to find that my training at ACH was as good as or better than what my Michigan colleagues had received. The experience gave me a deep appreciation for the privilege to train at ACH.”
Bryan L. Burke, Jr., M.D., FAAP
Assoc. Professor, Neonatology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
The University Hospital of Arkansas, opened in 1955, is the central teaching facility for residencies in 25 specialties, including Internal Medicine. In January 2009, a 10-level, 540,000-square-foot hospital expansion will include 234 adult beds and 64 neonatal beds, along with 40 inpatient beds in the adjacent Psychiatric Research Institute for a total of 437 hospital beds. More details of the ongoing expansion projects at UAMS can be found at: www.uams.edu/growing/projects
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Arkansas Children's Hospital is a private, not for profit, free standing children's hospital with 370 beds. Established in 1912, the hospital underwent rapid growth in the 1980's and is now one of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals. The hospital serves as the major pediatric teaching affiliate for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The hospital is the only pediatric medical center in the state of Arkansas, and serves as a referral center for areas of southern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana and northeast Texas. Nationally renowned programs such as the pediatric cardiovascular surgery program and the ECMO program attract patients from other areas of the country as well.
In 2012, Arkansas Children's Hospital debuted its largest-ever construction project, a 258,000-square foot expansion, the South Wing. The South Wing expands the hospital's pediatric Heart Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, increases the total bed availability to 370 and creates a new Emergency Department with an orthopedics suite, decontamination unit and dedicated trauma unit. The Hematology/Oncology and Infant-Toddler Unit will relocate to the South Wing as well as the Dental Clinic and the Audiology Department.
The hospital also operates a neonatal and pediatric transport service which uses two helicopters, three ground vehicles, and has a variety of fixed-winged aircraft available. All pediatric transports include a resident physician or fellow, transport nurse and respiratory therapist. Residents are able to participate in the transport program after completing the pediatric ICU rotation.