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For Immediate Release

New Venues Join Lineup of MASH Camps for '11

6/1/2011 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Three additional hospitals have joined the MASH (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camp lineup. Joining 25 other locations in conducting two-week camps this summer are Great River Medical Center at Blytheville, Delta Memorial Hospital at Dumas and Piggott Community Hospital at Piggott. The Blytheville camp is set for June 6-17, the Dumas camp is set for June 13-24 and the Piggott camp is set for June 6-17.

MASH camps are designed to expose rising high school juniors and seniors to healthcare-related vocations. The majority of the camps are conducted at rural medical centers in hopes of attracting local students.

“The MASH program gives students an inside look at various medical professions and is designed to spark students’ interest in the medical field,” said Jennifer Victory, rural health programs coordinator for Arkansas Farm Bureau. “A large number of the camps are held at rural medical centers and attract campers from a rural background.”

“The idea is that future medical students from a rural background are more likely to return to their roots,” said Victory.

The complete list of camp locations, with directors and contact numbers, is listed below:

June 6-17

  • Blytheville, Great River Medical Center, Erin Brown, (870) 838-7195.

  • El Dorado, AHEC-South Arkansas, Debbie McAdams, (870) 881-4429.

  • Forrest City, Forrest City Medical Center, Heather McBride, (870) 633-4112

  • Fort Smith, Sparks Hospital, Chris Dickens, (479) 424-3181.

  • Helena, Delta AHEC, Janet Ligon, (870) 572-2727.

  • Jonesboro, AHEC-Northeast, Yalanda Young, (870) 972-0063

  • Lake Village, Chicot Memorial Hospital, Laura Potter, (870) 265-1285

  • Paragould, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Debbie Brehmer, (870) 239-7016

  • Piggott, Piggott Community Hospital, Jon Wellman, (870) 634-6320

  • Pine Bluff, AHEC-Pine Bluff, LaSonya Shelby, (870) 692-1020

  • Stuttgart, Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart, Chrystal Purvis, (870) 673-3511

  • Texarkana, AHEC-Southwest, Gary Miller, (870) 770-6010

June 13-24

  • Arkadelphia, Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia, Steve Maxwell, (870) 245-1351

  • Clinton, Ozark Health Medical Center, Rebecca Bradley, (501) 745-9492

  • Dumas, Delta Memorial Hospital, Heather Day, (870) 265-9379.

  • Harrison, Northwest Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Koby Lee, (870) 414-4592.

  • Heber Springs, Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs, Tamara Wright, (501) 887-3262

  • Little Rock, UAMS, Elizabeth Febrega, (501) 686-5657.

  • Mountain Home, Baxter Regional Medical Center, Jacqueline Oakes,(870) 501-1764.

  • Russellville, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Kelly Traylor, (479) 964-5346

  • Searcy, White County Medical Center, Levi King, (501) 380-3381

  • Van Buren, Summit Medical Center, Chris Dickens, (479) 424-3181

June 20 - July 1

  • Ft. Smith, St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, Chris Dickens, (479) 424-3181.

  • Mena Regional Health System, Pam Posey, (479) 243-2135.

  • Nashville, Howard Memorial Hospital, Sonia Bunyard, (870) 779-6010.

July 11-22

  • Batesville, White River Medical Center, Kim Looney, (870) 262-1486.

July 18-29

  • Fayetteville, AHEC-Northwest, Ana Sanchez, (479) 684-5177.

  • West Memphis, Crittenden Memorial Hospital, Ramona Taylor, (870) 635-5527.

County Farm Bureau organizations and the Arkansas Medical Mentor Partnership sponsor students so they may attend the camps at no cost. The Partnership includes the University of Arkansas For Medical Science’s Area Health Education Center and Rural Hospital Program, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Baptist Health, and The Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health.

More information on the MASH program can be obtained by contacting Pat Vannatta with UAMS, (501) 686-6557, or Jennifer Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, (501) 228-1269. 



Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of almost 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.


For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203


Tara Johnson
(501) 228-1611
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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