The Schmieding Foundation in Springdale gives the $4.85 million building that houses the UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
The Schmieding Center addresses the needs of seniors through things such as health clinics, family caregiver workshops, and certified nursing assistant training.
UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health, as well as a graduate school.
UAMS has the largest public employer in the state with more than 10,000 employees.
The Schmieding Center was established January 1, 1999, when Lawrence H. Schmieding gave UAMS more than $15 million to operate health and education programs for the seniors of Northwest Arkansas and to train home caregivers.
Schmieding, who died in 2009, made the gift after searching for qualified home caregivers for his aging brother, Bert.
The center became the first regional Center on Aging of the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, which is directed by Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D.
After leasing two temporary sites for a few years, in 2002 the Schmieding Foundation designed and built the current 27,500-square-foot facility at 2422 North Thompson Street in Springdale.
Since 1999, the Schmieding Foundation has invested about $31 million in the Schmieding Center including building costs, maintenance and educational programs.