UAMS to Reopen in Phased Approach

Last modified: May 7, 2020
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UAMS is planning a cautious, carefully-planned reopening of clinics, radiologic testing and elective surgeries and procedures. All patients will be required to wear a mask and pass a screening test. Patients undergoing a procedure or surgery will be tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours. Current plans include reopening the following sites:

May 4th

Rahling Road, Maumelle and Capitol Mall Neighborhood Clinics

May 11th

  • Medical Specialty Clinics on 2nd floor of Outpatient Center
  • Dermatology Clinic on the 2nd floor of the Cancer Institute
  • General Surgery, Surgical Specialty Clinics
  • All off-site Musculoskeletal Clinics
  • Women’s Health Clinics at Freeway Medical and Financial Center Parkway (Pine and Cedar Clinic permanently closed)
  • Neurosciences Clinics
  • Procedural areas: Non-invasive Cardiology Lab, Bone Density, Pulmonary Function Lab, Endoscopy (lower studies only), Interventional Pain
  • One Day Surgery
    • Up to 4 rooms in use and up to 20 cases per day
    • No overnight stay
    • Preference for regional vs general anesthesia

May 18th

  • Medical Specialty Clinics on 3rd floor of Outpatient Center
  • Ophthalmology Clinics
  • Interventional Radiology (non-aerosolizing procedures)
  • Increase volume in One Day Surgery to 24 cases per day
  • Expand Main OR to 6 rooms
  • Add general anesthesia cases but prefer regional when possible
  • Continued restriction on overnight cases

May 26th

  • General Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Clinics
  • Center on Aging/Longevity Clinics
  • Behavioral Health Clinics
  • Cancer Clinics
  • Expand Main OR to 8 rooms
    • Liberalize cases with overnight stays
    • Liberalize general anesthesia cases
  • Expand Endoscopy to upper studies
  • Expand Sleep Lab and Interventional Radiology to general anesthesia and aerosolizing generating procedures
  • Other changes:
    • Restrict UAMS drive through triage to surgery/procedural testing and UAMS patients/employees
    • Close COVID-19 screening clinic on 1st floor of Outpatient Center
    • Ortho trauma returns to 1st floor Outpatient Center
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