The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1 million gift that will go toward its planned regional campus in El Dorado.
The Murphy Family Foundation and the Murphy USA Charitable Foundation have committed to providing the $1 million gift over three years to help fund the new regional campus. The El Dorado campus is projected to open in January 2022 and begin training family medicine residents by July 2023.
“I want to thank The Murphy Family Foundation and the Murphy USA Charitable Foundation for their commitment to an ongoing partnership to bring better health care to El Dorado,” UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, said in a statement. “We are tremendously grateful for their investment in UAMS as we work to increase the quality of care in Union County.”
This will be UAMS’ ninth regional campus in Arkansas. The other campuses are located in Batesville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Helena-West Helena, Jonesboro, Magnolia, Pine Bluff and Texarkana.
“I am delighted that UAMS is reestablishing a medical residency program in partnership with the Medical Center of South Arkansas (MCSA) in El Dorado,” said Madison Murphy, president of The Murphy Family Foundation and chairman of Murphy USA Board of Directors. “The new regional campus will accommodate 12 resident physicians and our goal, as well as our ask, is we as a community convince those newly minted doctors that El Dorado is an appealing and attractive place to live and practice medicine.”