LITTLE ROCK — Applications are now available to high school students for the summer 2015 M*A*S*H camps. These camps will be located at 34 mostly rural medical facilities throughout Arkansas. Three new host facilities have been added this year: Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce, Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello and ASU Mountain Home.
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.
“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 specialist for Arkansas Farm Bureau. “The idea is that future medical students from a rural background are more likely to return to their roots.”
Applications are available through school guidance counselors or by contacting the M*A*S*H director in your area.
The complete list of camp locations, with directors, is listed below:
• Arkadelphia, Baptist Health Medical Center, David Hennesee (870) 245-1242
• Batesville, White River Medical Center, Sai Kode (870) 262-1485
• Bentonville, Mercy Hospital, Michele Villines (479) 338-3143
• Blytheville, Arkansas Northeastern College, Angie Dixon (870) 763-1486
• Camden, Ouachita Medical Center, Dennis Cooper (870) 562-2563
• Clinton, Ozark Health Medical Center, Brandy Hendrix (501) 745-9569
• Crossett, Ashley County Medical Center, Shirley White (870) 364-1272
• Dumas, Delta Memorial Hospital, Laura Potter (870 )265-9377
• El Dorado, Southark Community College, Dennis Cooper (870) 562-2563
• Fayetteville, UAMS Northwest, Ana Sanchez (479) 684-5177
• Fordyce, Dallas County Medical Center Dennis Cooper (870) 562-2563
• Forrest City, Forrest City Medical Center, Holly Loewer (870) 270-3827
• Ft. Smith, Sparks Health System, Chris Dickens (479) 424-3175
• Ft. Smith, Mercy Medical Center, Chris Dickens (479) 424-3175
• Harrison, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Koby Lee (870) 414-4592
• Heber Springs, Baptist Health Medical Center-HS,Tamara Wright (501) 887-3262
• Helena, UAMS East, Janet Ligon, (501) 572-2727
• Hot Springs, Mercy Hospital, Karen Milholen (501) 622-4578
• Jonesboro, UAMS Northeast, Yalanda Young Merrell (870) 336-7986
• Lake Village, Chicot Memorial Hospital, Laura Potter (870) 265-9377
• Magnolia, UAMS South, Chantal Martel (870) 235-3209
• Mena, Mena Regional Health System, Pam Posy (479) 243-2135
• Monticello, Drew Memorial Hospital, Bobbie Ivie (870) 367-2411
• Mountain Home, ASU Mountain Home, Julia Gist, (870) 508-6154
• Mountain View, Stone County Medical Center, Heather McClanahan (870) 269-7444
• Nashville, Howard Memorial Hospital, Sonia Bunyard, (870) 779-6262
• Newport, Harris Hospital, Margaret Goodman (870) 512-3030
• Paragould, Ark. Methodist Medical Center, Shannon Gomer (870) 239-7015
• Pine Bluff, UAMS Southcentral, LaSonya Shelby (870) 692-1020
• Russellville, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Carrie Pelfrey (479) 964-5346
• Salem, Fulton County Hospital, Jennifer Perryman (870) 895-6096
• Texarkana, UAMS Southwest, Bradi Kelley (870) 779-6040
• Van Buren, Summit Medical Center, Chris Dickens (479) 424-3175
• Warren, Bradley County Medical Center, Tiffany Holland (870) 226-4304
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, 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 Amber Marshall with UAMS, (501) 686-6188, or Jennifer Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, (501) 228-1269.