6601 Phoenix Avenue, Suite B
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Clinic Director: Rick Newton, BA
The original UAMS Kids First in Fort Smith was located in a former pediatrician’s office with three treatment rooms, and a colorful play area. Several long-time employees remember that there were a few challenges working in a small space. With growing need in the community, Kids First was relocated in July 1997 to a new facility and again in 2007 to its current location, a renovated building that accommodated more treatment room space as well as offices and playrooms for developmental activities and therapy. The current location can serve up to 81 children and employs over 40 staff and contractors.
UAMS Kids First came to Fort Smith through the encouragement of local legislators who saw a need and sought a way to help. Cooperation from Sparks Regional Medical Clinic was an important contributing factor and the hospital continues their active support of the program.
UAMS Kids First in Fort Smith works in cooperation with local, area and state colleges to provide observation and training to nursing, early childhood and special education students as well as social work interns.