Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Applications available for summer M*A*S*H camps

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.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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