Institute Partners with Baptist Health to Expand Clinical Services Statewide
In August 2021, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute opened its first satellite cancer center in partnership with Baptist Health. The new UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Center located on Baptist’s North Little Rock campus is one of many jointly run cancer clinics planned around the state.
The North Little Rock center is staffed by UAMS medical and radiation oncologists and nurses, offering medical oncology, infusion and radiation therapy services for most cancer types.
“This collaboration benefits the people of Arkansas by bringing the most advanced cancer care in the state closer to where people live,” said Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, UAMS 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 center’s two clinics, a Medical Oncology and Infusion Clinic and a Radiation Therapy Clinic, are both located at 3401 Springhill Drive in the Baptist Health Springhill Medical Plaza in North Little Rock. Future clinics are planned at Baptist Health’s main campus in Little Rock and Fort Smith.
“This is the start of a statewide cancer network that will allow us to provide cancer services throughout Arkansas,” said Michael J. Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., UAMS vice chancellor and director of the Cancer Institute.