A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for a newly renovated , state-of-the-art UAMS Family Medical Center took place back on June 22.

During that ceremony, UAMS Director Dr. Becky Hall stated, “This is a 25-year dream come true.”

That dream is now a reality. The 5,400 square foot family medical clinic is now open to meet the growing health care needs of the Delta. UAMS East serves a 7-county region in the Arkansas Delta with offices in Helena, West Memphis and Lake Village.

A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for a newly renovated , state-of-the-art UAMS Family Medical Center took place back on June 22.

During that ceremony, UAMS Director Dr. Becky Hall stated, “This is a 25-year dream come true.”

That dream is now a reality. The 5,400 square foot family medical clinic is now open to meet the growing health care needs of the Delta. UAMS East serves a 7-county region in the Arkansas Delta with offices in Helena, West Memphis and Lake Village.

The new family clinic is home to a team of physicians, nurses and other health care providers dedicated to providing the most up-to-date treatments and the best in personalized care.

The new family clinic features eight examining rooms, lab services, patient care and education, diabetes education by a certified diabetes instructor, a registered dietician, immunizations, health coaching, fitness training and telemedicine.

UAMS East got its start back in the early 1990s as Delta AHEC. At that time, it was housed in a trailer near the Helena Regional Medical Center with just a handful of employees. Following the tobacco settlement, the Wellness Center, library and auditorium were constructed. Currently, UAMS East employs 56 workers. That number should dramatically increase with the opening of the new family clinic.

The renovation project cost in the neighborhood of $650,000. The family medicine clinic is a first for UAMS East in the Helena-West Helena region. It will complement comprehensive and longtime health education programs offered.

A grand opening celebration for the new family medical clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7 beginning at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include an official ribbon-cutting.