September 2012

St. Vincent Announces Letter of Intent with


St. Vincent Health System, Little Rock, AR, and The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to explore opportunities for an affiliation to deliver collaborative and/or integrated care services.

UAMS and St. Vincent have been in discussion for several weeks and have been exploring various affil­iation opportunities. Any alliance that is pursued will preserve UAMS’ public identity and St. Vincent’s Catholic identity, including women’s and reproductive health care services. Entering into a letter of intent will facilitate the ability of UAMS and St. Vincent to review the other’s financial and operational information. This review is conducted under the letter of intent’s nondisclosure agreement, which ensures that each party can share informa­tion that would otherwise be considered proprietary.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharma­cy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes. It is also the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state.

St. Vincent Health System includes St. Vincent Infirmary, St. Vincent North, St. Vincent Morrilton, and St. Vincent West; and an outpatient campus in West Little Rock. The system also includes a network of primary care and specialty physician clinics, a home health agen­cy, a joint venture inpatient rehabilitation facility, and affiliations with more than 650 physicians.