The Little Rock region is the center of the healthcare industry in Arkansas with more than ten medical hospitals and numerous other psychiatric and drug rehabilitation facilities. The University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS), Baptist Health Medical Center (Little Rock and North Little Rock), CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, and Arkansas Children’s are leaders in research and development activities.
Over 34,000 are employed in the healthcare and medical field in Pulaski County and over 20 hospitals are in the county. The only medical school in Arkansas is located in Little Rock: the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). UAMS Bioventures fosters commercial investment in the development of inventions, discoveries, and other work products flowing from the research at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s, and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
Just 30 minutes from Little Rock, The National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) is the only FDA Center located outside the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The 1-million-square-foot facility plays a critical role in the missions of FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to promote and protect public health. It trains students from UAMS, UALR, UAPB, and UAF, as well as training private scientists.