April 16, 2009
Founded in 1879 as the School of Medicine of the University of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock (Pulaski County), shown here in 1936, is Arkansas’s premier research hospital. The institution has a long history of serving the public by providing the indigent with healthcare. It was transformed from a charity hospital to a teaching institution in 1965 when it began to accept paying patients. Today, the hospital has approximately 9,000 employees, making it one of the state’s largest employers.