Oct. 12, 2015 | A group of UAMS supporters enjoyed an evening of food and conversation Oct. 8 in the Ballroom at Sue’s Kitchen in Jonesboro as they learned about the statewide impact of the state’s only academic health center.
The inaugural reception of the Friends of UAMS –Jonesboro was hosted by Mary Kay and Robert Jones and Nancy and Murray Benton. Attending were several state lawmakers and others in northeast Arkansas as well as Patti Bailey, of Little Rock, chair of the UAMS Foundation Fund Board.
Rahn spoke about the challenges facing health care and health care education in the Jonesboro community and in the state. Rahn said it is important to have advocates in local communities around the state who understand UAMS’ statewide mission to improve the health and health care of Arkansans through patient care, research and educating tomorrow’s health care professionals.
Robert Jones said UAMS is an important resource throughout the state, including its partnerships with local health systems such as in Jonesboro to provide the best care closest to home.
Richard A. Williams of Little Rock, a member of the UAMS Foundation Fund Board, was recognized for starting the concept of the Friends of UAMS advocacy groups. The first such group was established in Texarkana. Groups in Monticello and Batesville are planned for later this year.