The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, with its history rooted in outstanding service, has provided Arkansas residents with exceptional care and education in various health care professions for more than a century. This year, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette readers named UAMS as Best Place to Work (Greater Than 250 Employees) in the annual Best of the Best contest.
“This is such a tremendous honor because our employees — and our patients — voted on it. I know I enjoy coming to work at UAMS every day, and I’m glad to see Team UAMS does, too,” said Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, the UAMS chancellor and CEO of UAMS Health.
As the state’s only health sciences university, UAMS is a complex institution with many departments and institutes. This year, UAMS Interventional Pain Management was recognized in the Best of the Best contest as Best Pain Care Clinic.
“Our mission statement is to ensure that every patient in Arkansas has access to equitable, opioid-sparing, quality-of-life-focused pain care. We strive every day to achieve that mission, and we are honored and humbled to receive this acknowledgment,” said Johnathan Goree, M.D., director of the Chronic Pain Division at UAMS.
Teamwork, as well as diversity, has led to the institution’s overall success. Patterson and Goree shared that exceeding expectations is vital to their philosophy.
“Our team members are really what set us apart,” Patterson said. “Team UAMS goes above and beyond every single day. We are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Arkansans, and it shows. I have said many times that diversity is what makes UAMS so great. We bring together employees from 79 countries. We are so very different, but we are united by our commitment to our patients, our students, and our state.”
“We have an amazing team,” Goree said. “All of our providers have super specialty training in interventional chronic pain at some of the top institutions in the nation, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Emory, and others. This allows our providers to bring in cutting-edge treatments and research that are not offered anywhere else in the South. We also have nurses and other support staff who are outstanding and 100 percent focused on excellent customer service and a top patient-care experience.”
Even though UAMS has an exceptional staff, that staff still makes an effort to partner with and learn from health care facilities across the nation to improve the care Arkansans receive.
“We are currently involved in eight national multicenter research trials, which are focused on novel, nonopioid treatments for chronic pain,” Goree said. “This allows the patients in the state of Arkansas to have access to the most innovative treatments for back pain, post-surgical knee pain, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome, and other complicated disease processes.”
In addition to providing patients with high-quality treatment, the UAMS Interventional Pain Management Clinic aims to ensure that patients have a pleasant experience.
“One unique quality to our clinic is that we try to make time in our clinic as enjoyable as possible,” Goree said. “There is often music playing and patients laughing. While our Number one goal is to improve your symptoms, we want to make the process as enjoyable as possible.”
This article originally appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Best of the Best supplement.