AHEC centers renamed UAMS regional centers


LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences announced Monday it is rebranding the regional health education centers it operates across the state, including one in Pine Bluff.

Officials said the switch from Arkansas Health Education Centers is intended to unify the programs under the UAMS name and reputation for quality health care and health education.

“The AHECs have always been UAMS programs, but by bringing them under the umbrella of the UAMS name, we hope to convey a greater sense of cooperation toward a common goal of better health,” said Dr. Mark Mengel, director of UAMS Regional Programs.

The centers will be known by region: UAMS Northwest in Fayetteville/Springdale, UAMS West in Fort Smith, UAMS North Central in Batesville/Mountain Home, UAMS Northeast in Jonesboro, UAMS South Central in Pine Bluff, UAMS East in Helena-West Helena, UAMS Southwest in Texarkana and UAMS South in El Dorado/Magnolia.

Educational programs within each regional center will still carry the AHEC name, Mengel said, as they are funded in part by a federal grant.