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