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M*A*S*H* camps set for 28 communities

5/23/2013 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps will be held in 28 communities throughout Arkansas this summer. Returning to the lineup this year after recent absences are camps in Blytheville, Crossett and Newport. 

The two-week M*A*S*H camps are designed to expose rising high-school juniors and seniors to healthcare-related vocations. Most of the camps are conducted at rural medical centers in hopes of attracting local students. 

“This M*A*S*H program provides wonderful opportunities for hundreds of Arkansas students interested in medical careers,” said Jennifer Victory, rural health programs coordinator for Arkansas Farm Bureau. “ It allows them to receive hands-on experience and gain knowledge that cannot be learned in the classroom. Many of these students are from rural areas, and M*A*S*H gives them a chance to see the careers available in their area, while encouraging them to eventually return to practice in those rural areas.”

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

May 27-June 7 
  • Salem, Fulton County Hospital, John Sontag, (870) 895-6049

June 3-14 
  • Dumas, Delta Memorial Hospital, Laura Potter, (870) 265-9377
  • Lake Village, Chicot Memorial Hospital, Laura Potter, (870) 256-9377
  • Ft. Smith, Sparks Health System, Chris Dickens, (479) 242-3608
  • Helena, UAMS East, Janet Ligon, (870) 572-2727 ext. 138
  • Jonesboro, UAMS Northeast, Yalanda Young, (870) 336-7986
  • Pine Bluff, UAMS Southcentral, LaSonya Shelby, (870) 692-1020
  • Stuttgart, Baptist Health-Stuttgart, Chrystal Purvis, (870) 674-6124

June 10-14 (one week only)
  • Nashville, Howard Memorial Hospital, Bradi Kelley, (903) 701-3460

June 10-21 
  • Arkadelphia, Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia, Terri Ferrell, (870) 245-1351
  • Blytheville, Arkansas Northeastern College, Angie Dixon, 870-763-1486
  • Clinton, Ozark Health Medical Center, Becky Bradley, (501) 745-9492
  • Forrest City, Forrest City Medical Center, Holly Loewer, (870) 663-4112, ext. 10
  • Hot Springs, Mercy Hospital, Mandi Bohlen, (501) 662-1834
  • Mountain View, Stone County Medical Center, Heather McClanahan, (870) 269-7444, ext. 5061
  • Newport, Harris Hospital, Margaret Goodman, (870) 512-3030
  • Searcy, White County Medical Center, Levi King, (501) 380-3381
  • Van Buren, Summit Medical Center, Chris Dickens, (479) 242-3608

June 17-28 
  • Crossett, Ashley County Medical Center, Shirley White, (870) 364-1272
  • Ft. Smith, St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, Chris Dickens, (479) 242-3608
  • Harrison, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Koby Lee, (870) 414-4592
  • Heber Springs, Baptist Health Medical Center-HS, Tamara Wright, (501) 887-3262
  • Mena, Mena Regional Health System, Pam Posy, (479) 243-2135
  • Mountain Home, UAMS North Central, Sai Kode, (870) 425-1018
  • Russellville, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Jennifer Harris, (479) 964-9465
  • Texarkana, UAMS Southwest, Bradi Kelley, (903) 701-3460

July 8-19 
  • Fayetteville, UAMS Northwest, Ana Sanchez, (479) 684-5183
  • Paragould, Ark. Methodist Medical Center, Shannon Gomer, (870) 239-7016
  • Batesville, White River Medical Center, Sai Kode, (870) 425-1018

July 15-26 
  • 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 Regional Centers and Center for Diversity Affairs, 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 M*A*S*H program can be obtained by contacting Eva McKinney 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 200,000 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


Keith Sutton
(501) 228-1274
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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