Arkansas Healthcare

  The Arkansas House of Representatives is set to vote on two controversial abortion bans, possibly later this week, after a committee approved the legislation Tuesday.

One bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks, and the other would ban them after 12. Both bills have been amended to include exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the mother, but some say both bills go too far, infringing on women’s rights to control their reproductive health.

New Arkansas Program Tries To Improve Emotional Health

Feb 15, 2013

While some Arkansans are taking the necessary precautions to protect their physical health through diet and exercise, many people still aren’t managing their emotional wellbeing.

Wally Goddard is a professor of Family Life for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. After reviewing research, Goddard started a new curriculum that helps people build better relationships and it’s being distributed statewide through the Cooperative Extension Service.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

After tabling the issue, a House committee is advancing a bill that would ban most abortions in Arkansas after 12 weeks.

Senator Jason Rapert’s bill seeks to prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

It passed the Senate but was tabled in a House committee until a lunchtime hearing Thursday, when it was brought back up with two amendments.

Arkansas Children's Hospital says its president and chief executive officer Jonathan Bates will retire next summer.

The hospital’s foundation, board of directors and Research Institute announced that with his stepping down, it will establish a $ 3 million endowed chair to initially fund the Jonathan R. Bates Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy.

The center will focus on improving the delivery of health care, while lowering its cost.

Doctors voicing their opposition to Issue 5
Photo: Kezia Nanda

Several doctors are voicing their opposition to a medical marijuana proposal that will be on the ballot next month.

Members with the Physician Coalition Against Medical Marijuana spoke Wednesday afternoon in Little Rock saying marijuana has not been adequately researched.

Dr. David Smith with Baptist Health Medical Center says he deals with patients suffering from pain and death everyday and doesn’t believe this is the solution.

Arkansas Medicaid Funding And Youth Home: Part Two

May 28, 2012
Kesia Clemons
Malcolm Glover

A $39.4 million increase in Arkansas’s revenue forecast for the last two months of the fiscal year means the state can fund second-tier annual budget priorities and provide some money for Medicaid.

However, analysts note the positive trend in revenue collections will do little to close a looming $400 million Medicaid shortfall in two years, a deficit of great concern to many organizations that provide health services.

Arkansas Medicaid Funding And Youth Home: Part One

May 22, 2012
Michelle Blaney
Malcolm Glover

As Arkansas officials prepare for a Medicaid shortfall of close to $400 million in 2014, many organizations that rely on those funds are battling budgetary constraints to continue providing necessary services that meet the needs of their patients.

On a rainy afternoon in a rural corner of West Little Rock, 20-year old Michelle Blaney from Bryant returns to the campus of Youth Home, the oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents in Arkansas.

Dr. Gary Wheeler
Malcolm Glover

  Next month, a Little Rock doctor will complete a yearlong project to help women in Belize get necessary medical care. Dr. Gary Wheeler with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has been working with the Belize Family Life Association and its network of clinics on an educational video that encourages Belizean women to get annual checkups to prevent cervical cancer.

UAMS

A state-of-the-art facility at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will give nursing, pharmacy, and medical students’ hands-on training with computerized life-like manikins. The new Simulation Center also has trauma bays, hospital bedrooms, and special treatment rooms that can be converted into a public place, like a cafeteria, so students hone their skills. Michael Manley runs the center.

Tony Award winner Ben Vereen is in Little Rock using his vocal, dancing, and acting talents to raise money for a project and a cause that he deeply cares about.

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