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UAMS, Saline Memorial Announce Neurosurgery Clinic

Starting Feb. 3, surgeons from the UAMS Department of Neurosurgery will be seeing patients in the Benton hospital's clinic.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Saline Memorial Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have joined to open a neurosurgery clinic in Benton to make services more convenient for local patients and to support the healthcare system in the Benton area. 

Starting Feb. 3, surgeons from the Department of Neurosurgery in the UAMS College of Medicine will be seeing patients in the clinic located next to Saline Memorial and performing several types of surgery at Saline Memorial. 

“This collaboration will expand services within a community that is underserved in terms of practicing neurosurgeons. UAMS has a local and national reputation for excellence, and together we will be able to offer more patients access to the latest technology and services,” said Bob Trautman, Saline Memorial CEO. 

UAMS’ J. D. Day, M.D., chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, will be medical director of the program at Saline Memorial. He, along with Hazem Ahmed, M.D., and Demetri Serletis, M.D., will evaluate all spine and other surgical neurological problems at the clinic.  

The neurosurgeons will perform a variety of spine surgeries, including anterior cervical decompression, cervical fusions, lumbar decompressions, fusions and disc surgeries at Saline Memorial. More complex surgeries such as craniotomies and complex spine procedures, will be performed at UAMS, as appropriate. 

“We are pleased that UAMS can join with Saline Memorial Hospital to allow residents of Saline County to receive care for spine and neurological problems close to home and give them the assurance that they have access to specialty care if needed,” Day said. 

This new clinic is the latest effort by UAMS to collaborate with health care providers around the state to assist with care so that patients can receive the best care closest to home.

The UAMS neurosurgery clinic at Saline Memorial is accepting new patients, but patients need a physician referral. For more information about the program, call (501) 574-7181. 

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