LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has established a Women’s Health Clinic to provide prenatal care for pregnant inmates at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center.
“We are happy to provide this capability to give these women timely access to health care,” said Tina Benton, oversight director for the university’s Center for Distance Health.
The university has worked with pregnant inmates in Arkansas state prisons since 2007, but Little Rock is the first detention center in the state to host a similar telemedicine clinic.
“I think this is a wonderful enhancement to our medical facility and will help us provide the best health care possible for our pregnant inmates,” Catherine Smith, R.N., B.S.N. director of nursing, Pulaski County Detention Facility.
In addition to providing medical services at the detention center, the video equipment will also be used for continuing education for detention center staff.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,021 students, 789 medical residents and two dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.