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A Quarterly Publication of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Winter 2008

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  • Hope & HealingPatients Share Life-Changing Stories

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    Full of PossibilitiesSix UAMS patients share their inspirational stories of hope and healing.

    Launching a SatelliteThe states need for additional health care providers has prompted UAMS to begin plans for a northwest Arkansas campus.

    A Good Hair DayTwo College of Nursing faculty members donate their hair to benefit others.

    contents

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    On the cover: UAMS patient Karen Howlett at her horse stable near Conway.

    Cover photo by Michael Pirnique.

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    3 The Chancellors Corner

    13 Healers Nurses career brings unexpected opportunities

    14 Did You Know?

    16 Builders Mental health resources have a new home

    18 Scholars Dual degree programs offer advantages for students

    19 Partners Entergy Arkansas CEO shares his talents with UAMS

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    chancellors corner

    Celebrating Success

    I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.Chancellor, University of Arkansas forMedical Sciences

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    The vision of UAMS is in providing for

    a healthier Arkansas. An essential part of

    this vision lies in our patient care mission,

    as well as in educating our future health care

    providers.

    The quality of our patient care is closely

    linked to the quality of our education,

    research and outreach. As the states only

    comprehensive academic health center,

    UAMS is uniquely positioned to treat people

    with complex medical conditions, as well

    as those in need of basic primary care. Our

    doctors, nurses and other staff members are

    intensely dedicated to offering the finest, most

    technologically advanced treatments available.

    In this issue of HouseCall, we focus on patient success stories. There are countless

    stories we could have told, but the six patients

    we chose represent the broad scope of care

    available at UAMS. Whether they personally

    made the decision to receive treatment at

    UAMS or were brought here

    due to a medical crisis, each of

    these patients openly expresses

    gratitude for the compassionate

    care offered by UAMS staff.

    One of the stories we share

    is that of Ambra Jackson and

    her brother, Bryan Clay. Like

    thousands of other Americans,

    Ambra and Bryan live with

    multiple sclerosis, an illness for

    which there is not yet a cure. Yet

    these young people epitomize

    the strength and conviction that

    with the help of their health

    care team they can live life to

    the fullest.

    It is truly our hope for all

    Arkansans that through research

    and treatment, life can be not

    only extended but also enhanced.

    Many of our research programs,

    including the internationally

    recognized Myeloma Institute for

    Research and Therapy, make this goal a reality

    every day.

    Thanks to the dedication of the institutes

    director, Dr. Bart Barlogie, and his fellow

    scientists, myeloma patients at UAMS have

    achieved a median survival rate of seven

    years. In 2001, the National Cancer Institute

    reported the national five-year survival rate for

    myeloma patients was only 34 percent.

    Other programs at UAMS are offering the

    same kind of hope for people facing a wide

    array of illnesses and medical conditions. I

    hope that you will share in our celebration of

    past successes and join us in recognizing the

    unlimited possibilities that the future of health

    care holds for us all.

    HOUSECALLwinter 2008

    editor

    Susan Van Dusen

    art director

    laurie Shell

    managing editor

    liz Caldwell

    creative director

    Keith Runkle

    writers

    liz Caldwell

    Jon Parham

    David Robinson

    Susan Van Dusen

    photographer

    Johnpaul Jones

    editorial advisory board

    Kathy Alexander

    Jerry Atchley

    Anne Bynum

    Cindy Pugh

    Dale Ronnel

    Carla Spainhour

    Judy Snowden

    Becky Tucker

    chancellor

    Dr. I. Dodd Wilson

    vice chancellor of

    communications and marketing

    Pat Torvestad

    associate vice chancellor of

    communications and marketing

    leslie Taylor

    assistant vice chancellor of

    communications and marketing

    Tim Irby

    HouseCall is published quarterly by theUAMS Office of Communications and Marketing

    4301 W. Markham St. #890, little Rock, AR 72205-7199Phone: (501) 686-5686 Fax: (501) 686-6020

    Visit us online at www.uams.edu/housecall.

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    Six UAMS Patients Share Their Stories of Hope and HealingSix UAMS Patients Share Their Stories of Hope and HealingFull of Possibilities

    While no one would choose an illness or injury, the choice is often made for us. Complex and serious conditions

    require not only highly trained physicians, but also the latest technological advances and a compassionate care

    team that understands your specific needs.

    On the following pages are the stories of six Arkansans who arrived at UAMS facing extraordinary medical

    conditions. Some still face challenges, while others have beaten the odds. However, they all tell a similar story

    that the care they received at UAMS made it possible for them to experience healing and wholeness.

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    Karen HowlettConwayUAMS High-risk Pregnancy Program

    Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute

    When Karen Howlett counts her blessings, she starts with the three most dear: her daughter, her son and her vision. She wouldnt have any of them, she said, without UAMS.

    Diagnosed with Marfans syndrome at age 5, Howletts parents knew she faced a life of challenges. Marfans syndrome is a genetic condition that affects the bodys connective tissue and can cause multiple medical conditions, including dislocated lenses and complications in pregnancy.

    Although her vision began to deteriorate at an early age, Howlett developed a love of horseback riding, competing in both barrel racing and pole bending events. I knocked down a lot of poles because of my vision problems, she said.

    As an adult, Howletts vision continued to decline, resulting in her sometimes resorting to wearing contact lenses and glasses at the same time. Because my vision was so poor, I was afraid to stay alone overnight. I eventually had to stop driving, which was really difficult for a 34-year-old to accept, she said.

    At the same time Howlett was struggling with her vision, she was advised not to have children due to possible heart-related complications from Marfans. When Howlett became unexpectedly pregnant in 2000, she and her husband, Lew, sought the care of Dr. Paul Wendel, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in the UAMS high-risk pregnancy program. UAMS is home to the only board-certified maternal-fetal specialists in Arkansas.

    Under Wendels care, Howlett successfully delivered her daughter, Jessica, who was followed two years later by the planned pregnancy of her brother, Justin.

    Dr. Wendel believed in me and made sure I received the best possible care during my pregnancies. My children were my first two blessings, Howlett said.

    Howletts third blessing came in the form of a visit to Dr. Nicola Kim at the UAMS Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute. Under the care of UAMS ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Harper since the early 1990s, Howlett was told in late 2006 that her eyes had reached the point that she eligible for a surgical procedure that could potentially improve her vision.

    Kim performed three procedures on Howlett a laser treatment on her left eye and a lens implementation in both eyes bringing her vision to a near perfect 20/25.

    The first time I looked at my children after my surgery, my heart melted. It was like seeing them for the first time, she said. I could see everything, even the specks of color in their eyes. A whole new world was opened up for me.

    (Facing page) Karen and lew Howlett with son Justin and daughter Jessica. (Above) Thanks to her eye surgery, Howlett enjoys horseback riding again.

    related complications from Marfans. When Howlett became unexpectedly pregnant in 2000, she and her husband, Lew, sought the care of Dr. Paul Wendel, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in the UAMS high-risk pregnancy program. UAMS is home to the only board-certified maternal-fetal specialists in Arkansas.

    Under Wendels care, Howlett successfully delivered her daughter, Jessica, who was followed two years later by the planned pregnancy of her brother, Justin.

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    Frank Williams is getting back to his normal activities following successful brain surgery.

    Frank WilliamsLittle RockUAMS Department of Neurosurgery

    Winthrop P. RockefellerCancer InstituteCancer Institute

    2 On the morning of March 8, 2006, Frank Williams appeared to be the picture of good health. An avid golfer, Williams also enjoyed bicycling and weight lifting. And at only 46 he showed no signs of slowing down. However, that very same night, Williams life took an unexpected turn. While getting ready for bed, he experienced a seizure and lost consciousness. His wife, Rhonda, called 911, and what followed took their lives down a path they never imagined. After they ran some test