5/17/2012 at 12:00 a.m.
LITTLE ROCK — Stone County Medical Center in Mountain View joins 28 other locations in conducting two-week MASH (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps this summer. The Mountain View camp is set for July 9-20.
The first set of camps begins June 4 at a dozen locations throughout the state. 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. “Access to quality health care is critical to the quality of life for those who live in rural Arkansas. Farm Bureau is committed to helping improve that situation across our state.”
The complete list of camp locations, with directors and contact numbers, is listed below:
- Arkadelphia, Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia, Steve Maxwell, (870) 245-1128 ext. 9128
- Clinton, Ozark Health Medical Center, Rebecca Bradley, (501) 745-9492
- Dumas, Delta Memorial Hospital, Laura Potter, (870) 265-9377
- El Dorado, AHEC South Arkansas, Debbie McAdams, (870) 881-4429
- Forrest City, Forrest City Medical Center, Myra Killingsworth, (870) 270-3827
- Ft. Smith, Sparks Health System, Chris Dickens, (479) 242-3608
- Heber Springs, Baptist Health Medical Center-HS, Tamara Wright, (501) 887-3262
- Jonesboro, AHEC Northeast, Yalanda Young, (870) 972-0063, ext. 209
- Lake Village, Chicot Memorial Hospital, Laura Potter, (870) 265-1285
- Pine Bluff, AHEC Pine Bluff, LaSonya Shelby, (870) 692-1020
- Stuttgart, Baptist Health-Stuttgart, Chrystal Purvis, (870) 674-6124
- Texarkana, AHEC Southwest, Gary Miller, (870) 779-6010
- Harrison, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Koby Lee, (870) 414-4592
- Hot Springs, Mercy Hospital, Lana Lambert, (501) 662-1834
- Little Rock, UAMS, Jennifer Huie, (501) 686-5657
- Salem, Fulton County Hospital, John Sontag, (870) 895-6070
- Searcy, White County Medical Center, Levi King, (501) 380-3381
- Van Buren, Summit Medical Center, Chris Dickens, (479) 242-3608
June 25-29 & July 9-13
- Batesville, White River Medical Center, Kim Looney, (870) 262-1486
- Ft. Smith, St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, Chris Dickens, (479) 242-3608
- Mena, Mena Regional Health System, Pam Posey, (479) 243-2135
- Mountain Home, Baxter Regional Medical Center, Cody Garrison, (870) 508-1764
- Nashville, Howard Memorial Hospital, Sonia Bunyard, (870) 779-6010
- Paragould, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Debbie Brehmer, (870) 239-7016
- Russellville, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Jennifer Harris, (479) 964-5346
- Helena, Delta AHEC, Janet Ligon, (870) 572-2727 ext. 138
- Fayetteville, AHEC Northwest, Ana Sanchez, (479) 684-5183
- Mountain View, Stone County Medical Center, Heather McClanahan, (870) 262-5061
- West Memphis, Crittenden Memorial Hospital, Ramona Taylor, (870) 735-5527 ext. 224
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 Centers 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 Summer Jamison with UAMS, (501) 686-5079, or Jennifer Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, (501) 228-1269.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 210,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
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