PINE BLUFF - After an eight-month construction project, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) South Central Regional Campus in Pine Bluff celebrated its grand opening in a spacious facility on the Jefferson Regional Medical Center campus.
The 33,000-square-foot space on the bottom two floors in the Jefferson Professional Building II provides room for the merger of UAMS' three Pine Bluff clinics along with its physician residency program, a medical library, classrooms and administrative offices.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin; University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt; Ph.D. UA System Trustee Stephen Broughton, M.D.; Brian Thomas, president and CEO of Jefferson Regional Medical Center; Sterling Moore, vice chancellor for UAMS Regional Campuses and other dignitaries.
The three-story building at the corner of West 40th Avenue and Mulberry Street is 10 years old and has been unoccupied except for a Jefferson Regional clinic on the third floor. UAMS will lease the bottom two floors from Jefferson Regional.
In addition to providing patient care, the campus trains family medicine residents and educates nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals. The Pine Bluff campus was first established by UAMS in partnership with Jefferson Regional in 1973. In 2006, an 8,000-sqaure-foot expansion including two annexes was built. The new renovations are the first major facilities changes since that expansion.
The Family Medical Center-Pine Bluff provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages -- including pediatric care, treatment of immediate medical needs and ongoing management of chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. The clinic also does minor surgical procedures.
It serves 11 Arkansas counties: Arkansas, Cleveland, Drew, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Prairie and Saline.