Photography by LORI SPARKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Located at 4300 Markham Street across from the Little Rock campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Home for Healing offers free lodging to parents of NICU infants, cancer patients + their caregivers, and caregivers of ICU patients. Now, Home for Healing welcomes adult cancer patients from UAMS, Baptist Health, CHI ST Vincent, Arkansas Urology and teenagers from Arkansas Children’s. Since its inception in 2003, the peaceful + restorative environment makes it a beacon of hope during a journey back to wellness. Dr. Richard “Whit” Hall was instrumental in the inception of Home for Healing – he shares his insight and perspective.
A distinguished facial plastic surgery otolaryngologist, Dr. James Suen is passionate about his patients at UAMS and regards emotional healing as important as the physical aspect of this work. He studied at UAMS and returned years later to join the Division of Otolaryngology, where his expertise has earned recognition among peers, and his life-saving procedures impact so many lives.
His career is one of exceptional distinction and excellence. During more than 40 years as chair of the UAMS Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Suen co-founded the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and served as its director from 2002 to 2007. Under his leadership, these organizations made significant strides in research, diagnosis and treatment for patients.
In tandem with these accomplishments, Dr. Suen was visionary in the formation of Home for Healing. More than basic accommodations – Home for Healing serves as a sanctuary that nurtures hope, courage and resilience for cancer patients and their loved ones. He affirms, “Home for Healing is crucial for patients, whether they are from Arkansas or from outside the country. It offers a space where patients can find friendships, comfort and convenience. Due to its proximity, I can provide house calls, eliminating the need for patients to visit the hospital.” A comforting respite at no cost to families, Home for Healing provides a refuge where patients can find solace during their journey back to wellness.
Dr. James Suen’s remarkable calling as a facial plastic surgery otolaryngologist goes beyond surgical abilities, integrating a philosophy that emphasizes care of the mind and body. His dedication to patients, along with advancements in cancer care, has established him as a pioneer in his field. With a devoted team of supporters like Dr. Suen, Home for Healing remains a beacon of hope during a difficult time.