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LITTLE ROCK —The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) today announced a gift of $4 million from Doyle and Josephine Raye Rogers of Batesville; their daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Paul Hoover; and their son and daughter-in-law, Doyle “Rog” and Carolyn Rogers, all of Little Rock.
A total of $3 million from the gift will fund construction of the lobby in the UAMS Medical Center’s expansion scheduled to open in 2008. The lobby will be named The Josephine Raye and Doyle W. Rogers Lobby and will incorporate materials native to Arkansas in its design and will be deemed the “Gateway to Healing.”
The remaining $1 million will benefit the expansion of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) at UAMS.
“Doyle and I and our family are proud to be a part of the new hospital at UAMS and also the expansion of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center,” Raye Rogers said. “UAMS is an outstanding medical facility that treats patients not only from Arkansas, but throughout the world because of unique programs like those at the ACRC.
“UAMS is a state treasure. It is about much more than delivering world-class health care today. It’s about training tomorrow’s nurses, doctors and scientists and ensuring that Arkansans have access to the latest, most cutting-edge treatments.”
“The Rogers family has a rich history with UAMS and with the state of Arkansas,” said UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D. “Mr. and Mrs. Rogers and their children exemplify the spirit of volunteer service and dedication to the future of health care research and treatment in our state. We are honored that they have chosen to partner with UAMS.”
Doyle Rogers is chairman of the Doyle Rogers Company, a commercial real estate firm with offices in Batesville and Little Rock, and chairman of the board of Metropolitan National Bank. In 1982, he developed and opened the Excelsior Hotel, now the Peabody Little Rock, and the adjoining Statehouse Convention Center. In 1985, he developed the 25-story Rogers Building, now the Stephens Building, in downtown Little Rock.
Raye Rogers was one of the founding members of the ACRC Foundation Fund Board and is a lifetime member. Barbara Hoover serves on the ACRC Foundation Fund Board and is former chairman of the UAMS Foundation Fund Board Chancellor’s Circle, while her husband, Paul, is a member of the UAMS Foundation Fund Board.
The Rogers’ gift is part of UAMS’ $325 million “Imagine the Future of Healthcare” campaign.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit www.uams.edu.
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