UAMS Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital opens in Arkansas

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A UAMS Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital that broke ground previously in 2021 has finally been opened in Little Rock, Arkansas. Recently, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) hosted an event to celebrate the new 158,000-square-foot hospital.

The UAMS Board of Trustees approved an $85 bond issue to finance the Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital project in 2021. According to the board’s members, the new surgical hospital isn’t a replacement for off-campus orthopedic clinics in Little Rock. But instead, the hospital would serve in complementing them.

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At the ceremony, UAMS Health’s CEO Cam Patterson, said the new hospital would provide world-class care and easy access for patients. He said their organization was pleased to provide comprehensive specialized care under a single roof for patients across the state.

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders also graced the occasion and she commended the UAMS for bringing the facility to Little Rock. Sanders pointed out that the Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital would put Little Rock right at the helm of medical research. Therefore, she said it also attracts droves of new talent and pays dividends for the state far into the future.

Featured amenities at the UAMS Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital

The location of the new Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital is southwest of the main hospital. Its design and location make it quite visible from Interstate 630 and from across the Little Rock campus. Therefore, the new surgical hospital is easily accessible from anywhere in the state. The hospital expects to start receiving its first set of patients by June. 

The hospital was built to handle spine care, orthopedic surgery, and pain management. Additionally, it features 24 private units for overnight observation and inpatient stays, including  12 operating rooms and 12 examination rooms. The examination rooms will handle issues related to trauma, orthopedic oncology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

The new Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital also provides eight exam rooms and two procedure suites for the pain management team to use. The facility also includes educational space for orthopedic surgery residents and office spaces for faculty and administrators.

Nabholz Construction was the general contractor for the Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital project. While the Cromwell Architects Engineers handled the designs.