JONESBORO — Two of Arkansas’ largest hospitals announced Thursday the opening of a children’s clinic serving northeastern Arkansas.
The collaborative effort of Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is initially offering neurology and cardiology clinics. Officials plan to expand service offerings.
The UAMS/ACH Centers for Children will be open five days a week, allowing families who have had to drive to Little Rock or Memphis, Tenn., access in the northeastern part of the state to comprehensive care for disorders ranging from extreme headaches and seizures to autism, officials said.
The facility in Jonesboro is modeled after a similar clinic established in 2007 at Lowell in Northwest Arkansas. In all, UAMS and Children’s Hospital are partners in two dozen individual subspecialty clinics throughout the state.
“We want families to have excellent care available to their children as close to their front doors as possible,” said ACH President and CEO Jonathan Bates, MD. “Through the Centers for Children, ACH and UAMS are delivering these specialized services in more familiar environments, which means better outcomes and happier, healthier children.”
In October, the centers will also add a monthly cardiology clinic, where children with congenital heart defects will be evaluated and treated.
Officials expect between 1,500 and 2,000 visits to the neurology and cardiology clinics in the first year at the Jonesboro clinic.