The first UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Center is now open on the Baptist Health Medical Center campus in North Little Rock, bringing cancer research, diagnostic and treatment services available at UAMS’ Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute to more Arkansans.
“This collaboration benefits the people of Arkansas by bringing the most advanced cancer care in the state closer to where people live,” said Dr. Cam Patterson, chancellor and CEO of UAMS Health. “Building on our longstanding relationship, UAMS and Baptist Health are taking steps to expand the innovative and unique oncological care found at UAMS’ Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute into all corners of the state.”
“The opening of UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Center on our Baptist Health Medical Center North Little Rock campus is just the beginning of our cancer partnership and another example of our shared commitment to bring the best health care to the people of Arkansas,” said Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “Uniting together against cancer, this partnership will leverage our network of 11 hospitals and 100 clinics to bridge the gaps in state-of-the-art cancer care where patients need these services most across the state.”
The UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Center in North Little Rock is staffed by a team of oncologists, nurses and radiation therapists from UAMS. The center includes two clinics, both located at 3401 Springhill Drive in the Baptist Health Springhill Medical Plaza.
“This is the start of a statewide cancer network that will allow us to provide cancer services throughout Arkansas,” said Dr. Michael J. Birrer, UAMS vice chancellor and director of the Cancer Institute.
The center will provide medical oncology, infusion and radiation therapy for most cancer types with the exception of brain/spine, full body therapy and brachytherapy. More complex cancer treatments, including surgery, will be referred to UAMS for treatment.
With more than 90 oncologists, surgeons and cancer specialists, UAMS provides the most advanced diagnostic testing and treatment for 35 cancer types, including CAR T-cell therapy, immunotherapy, stem cell transplantation, advanced breast imaging and breast tissue realignment, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. A new proton therapy center is under construction that will provide less invasive treatment of hard-to-reach solid tumors in adults and children. UAMS cancer patients have access to hundreds of clinical trials not available elsewhere in the state.