UAMS announces joint vascular surgery work with Baptist Health: Update | Arkansas Blog

Monday, March 17, 2014

UAMS announces joint vascular surgery work with Baptist Health: Update

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PARTNERS WITH BAPTIST: UAMS combines its vascular division with Baptist Health Little Rock.
  • PARTNERS WITH BAPTIST: UAMS combines its vascular division with Baptist Health Little Rock.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences physicians are now seeing patients and performing vascular and endovascular surgery at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

The entire UAMS vascular surgery division is now providing around-the-clock care at Baptist, including in the emergency department.

Leslie Peacock will elaborate later. But this is an outgrowth of UAMS search for partnerships to increase its profitability. You'll recall the recent collapse of a proposed merger of hospital operations with St. Vincent Health.

From the release:

“The economics of the health care sector are changing very rapidly,” said UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D. “Many health care providers are looking for creative ways to adapt to these changes while maintaining high standards of patient care. The area of vascular surgery provides both UAMS and Baptist Health an excellent opportunity for collaboration in attaining those goals.”

Under the agreement with Baptist, UAMS will rent space for a clinic and Baptist will pay the salaries of residents and fellows working under UAMS surgeons there. UAMS doctors will not charge more to see patients at Baptist than at UAMS. Dr. Ahsan Ali will be the primary physician at Baptist, and will be backed up by UAMS Chief of Vascular Surgery Dr. Mohammed Moursi, Dr. Matthew Smeds and Dr. Guillermo Escobar.

The collaboration came about because Baptist was recruiting for a vascular surgeon and UAMS needed training opportunities for its residents and fellows, Baptist spokesman Mark Lowman said. Baptist vascular surgeon Dr. Robert Casali, said to be instrumental in the collaboration, has been out on medical leave but is expected to return. 

The collaboration is the third provider agreement that UAMS has entered into,Tim Hill, director at the UAMS Center for Healthcare Enhancement and Development, said. UAMS also has two otolaryngologists in Pine Bluff in an agreement with Jefferson Memorial Hospital and a neurosurgeon at Saline Memorial in Benton. it is also affiliated with Highlands Oncology in Northwest Arkansas and staffs Baptist Health Rehabilitation.

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