/////UAMS Celebrates Plans for New Psychiatry Center
UAMS Celebrates Plans for New Psychiatry Center 2018-01-05T09:11:35+00:00

NOV. 3, 2004 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently recognized supporters of its efforts to build a new psychiatry center with a luncheon on Oct. 11 in their honor.

These generous supporters were thanked for their contributions to the success of the institution. They also were updated on plans for significant growth at the UAMS Little Rock campus over the next few years that will include the psychiatry center as well as a new hospital and other facilities.

More than 400 contributors, from families to corporations and foundations to 80 percent of the Department of Psychiatry faculty and staff in the UAMS College of Medicine, raised $2.5 million to get the project off the ground. Then the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation of Springdale cemented the project with $1.5 million – part of the foundation’s $21.5 million gift in March 2004 to UAMS in support of the various efforts. Next came another $1.5 million gift from Fred and Louise Dierks of Hot Springs that allowed an expansion to plans for the center.

“UAMS is fortunate to have so many patrons to support our mission,” said UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D. “These gifts and donations are not just an investment in the future of medicine but an investment for us all.”

The $5.5 million Psychiatry Center will allow UAMS to focus on patient care by consolidating all psychiatric clinicians, researchers and educators in one building. Currently, the department is scattered among 13 locations in central Arkansas, serving as many as 1,200 patients daily, including those at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas State Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.    

“The new psychiatry center will provide a modern facility where a centralized and synergistic environment will promote research and collaboration,” said UAMS College of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. “The center also will increase access to the world class care and research at UAMS and move us closer to a paradigm of prevention and cures of certain psychiatric and neurobehavioral disorders.”

The center will house research laboratories as well as educational and clinical space. The Dierks Research Laboratories will honor the gift of Fred and Louise Dierks, while the Walker Family Clinic will honor Pat and Willard Walker’s donation.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin within the next year and be complete in just under two years.

The luncheon was held at Trio’s restaurant in Little Rock and hosted by UAMS supporters Harold and Judy Tenenbaum.

 Those in attendance included: University of Arkansas System President B. Alan and Jean Sugg; UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd and Ginger Wilson; UAMS College of Medicine Dean E. Albert and Sharon Reece; Leo and Bonnie Gehring; Dr. John and Nancy Shock; Dr. Kent and Johnnie Westbrook; Dr. Rick and Susan Smith; John Blohm, Pat Walker, Debbie Walker, Fred and Louise Dierks; Harold and Judy Tenenbaum; Haskell and Peggy Dickinson; Canon Chris Keller; Don and Barbara Munro; Ellon and Rogers Cockrill; Renie Rule; Don and Judy Adams; Richard Butler; Dr. Winston and Lally Brown; Joan Campbell; Dr. Larry Miller; Martha Jane Murray; Caroline Stevenson; Lou Ellen Treadway; Mary Remmel Wohlleb; June Freeman; Sheila Mehaffy; John Parke; Anna Kay Williams; Bob East; Tom Harding; Susan Fleming; Betty Herron; Meg Rains; Tom Butler; Jim and Cherry Duckett; Dr. John Spollen, Dr. Terry Kramer; Steve Kinzler; Wesley Walls; Dr. Chris and Stephanie Cargile; Dr. Lynn Taylor; Dr. Jeff Clothier; Dr. Ben Guise; Dr. Alison Oliveto; P. Allen Smith; Dr. Jim Clardy; Jan Waldrip; Sue Williamson; Monica Glover; Judy Snowden; and Mollie Munro.


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Walker Foundation gift: http://www.uams.edu/update/absolutenm/templates/

Dierks gift: http://www.uams.edu/update/absolutenm/templates/