Over a 24-hour period beginning early Oct. 2, and ending in the wee hours of Oct. 3, the foundation for UAMS received more than $500,000 for the state’s only health sciences university in response to the second annual UAMS Day of Giving fundraising campaign.
Donations were still being counted when the total hit $518,000.
“Philanthropic support is critical to the UAMS mission, which includes everything from training tomorrow’s healthcare providers to making groundbreaking scientific discoveries to providing the highest quality medical care. In these and many other ways, we work to improve health for all Arkansans,” said UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, MD, MBA. “It’s both validating and humbling to see that so many of you believe in supporting this mission, and we could not be more thankful for each donor. You are investing in a better future for our state.”
Donors made gifts via phone or online at the campaign website, dayofgiving.uams.edu. UAMS leadership and volunteers staffed tables around campus to receive in-person donations from anyone wishing to give to support their area of interest, including employees passing by on a morning walk and families grateful to UAMS for the physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who provide patient care to their loved ones.
UAMS has more than 1 million patient visits each year. Those patients are seen by UAMS faculty at its main campus, regional campuses, the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Baptist Health, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. UAMS graduates nearly 1,000 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals each year, the majority of whom stay in Arkansas to practice.