The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a gift of $250,000 from an anonymous donor to benefit its psychiatric research.
This new gift is earmarked to benefit the G. Richard Smith, M.D. Fund for Excellence in the Psychiatric Research Institute. The former executive vice chancellor and dean of the UAMS College of Medicine, Smith is currently the chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He headed up the design and construction of the Psychiatric Research Institute, which opened in 2008.
“I want to personally thank this donor for their commitment to improving access to quality mental health care,” UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, said in a statement. “Their investment in the Psychiatric Research Institute and its programs for mental health will make a huge difference for patients across our state. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the institute’s virtual health programs have been a lifeline for countless Arkansans.”
According to a UAMS news release, the gift is aimed at addressing “urgent priorities at the institute.”
The institute features three inpatient units and offers outpatient cares with specialty services in neuropsychology, trauma, addiction, women’s mental health, mood disorders and eating disorders.