UAMS receives Roger Carter Award of Excellence from the National Rehabilitation Association
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| LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) received the Roger Carter Award of Excellence for a Large Employer from the National Rehabilitation Association in a virtual ceremony today. UAMS was recognized for the success of its Project SEARCH program, a vocational training program that helps young adults with disabilities develop independent life and work skills.
“UAMS is honored to receive this award,” said Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, Chancellor of UAMS and CEO of UAMS Health. “The SEARCH project is a great program that gives young adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn skills that will help them find full-time employment.
The Roger Carter Award of Excellence honors an employer who has demonstrated exemplary accomplishments in recruiting, hiring and retaining people with disabilities at all levels of the company. Roger Carter was a rehabilitation counselor with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services who provided years of dedicated service to individuals, the community, and the National Rehabilitation Association. He passed away suddenly in 2018, and the award was created in his honor.
A nine-month internship program for young adults with developmental disabilities, UAMS Project SEARCH is a partnership with the nonprofit ACCESS® and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, based in Little Rock. Interns participate in the program with the goal of acquiring the skills necessary to secure competitive employment.
The UAMS SEARCH project was the first of its kind in central Arkansas. It is inspired by a program started in 1996 at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since the start of the UAMS SEARCH project in 2013, more than 82 interns have completed the program, 90% of whom have found employment.
“I want to say that when the SEARCH project first appeared on our campus, we thought the program would provide UAMS with an opportunity to help young adults with disabilities realize their potential,” said Odette Woods, Senior Director of Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UAMS. Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at the virtual awards ceremony. “He did that. However, he did so much more. As our employees, students and guests interacted with interns and alumni of the SEARCH project, the culture of our campus has changed by becoming more inclusive and welcoming to all Arkansans, regardless of their ability or disability. . For that, we are grateful. “
UAMS is the only health sciences university in the state, with faculties of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; a higher school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a regional campus in northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation . UAMS comprises UAMS Health, a state-wide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’s clinical activities, including its hospital, regional clinics and the clinics it operates or employs. in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the state’s only Level 1 adult trauma center. American News and World Report recognized the UAMS medical center as the best hospital for 2021-2022; ranked their ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationally for the third year; and named five high performing areas: Colon Cancer Surgery, Diabetes, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Stroke. Forbes The magazine ranked UAMS seventh nationally on its list of Top Diversity Employers. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationally on Forbes’ Listed Top Employers for Women and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide patient care to UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center and by Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu Where www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube Where Instagram.