North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) announces the cancellation of the 2020 Medical Applications of Science for Health (MASH) Program due to an abundance of caution for the students and staff members.
“In light of recent events caused by COVID-19, this year’s MASH program, originally scheduled for June 8-19 has been postponed,” Delbert McCutchen, Director of Education, said. “Interviews scheduled to take place in May have been cancelled.”
MASH is a two-week summer program sponsored by UAMS and Farm Bureau Insurance. The program introduces high school students who are currently in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades to health careers. Students selected to participate in the MASH program, shadow a variety of healthcare locations and learn medical terminology. Students participate in hands-on activities to learn medical procedures such as heart dissection and suturing. Students also tour the NARMC campus and take several local field trips. The group takes part in team building activities throughout the camp and learns about a variety of health careers.
NARMC has been a proud host of MASH for more than 25 years. The decision to cancel the 2020 program was not reached without careful consideration.
“While we realize the MASH program offers numerous benefits to area students, we must place the highest priority on serving our patients and protecting the health of the community,” NARMC COO and CNO Sammie Cribbs said.
NARMC is an innovative, non-profit healthcare system consisting of a central hospital in Harrison, Arkansas, and 13 clinics serving the rural communities of North Arkansas. More than 800 NARMC employees work together to provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services. As one of the Top 100 Rural Hospitals in the nation according to the Rural Health Policy Institute, NARMC has earned numerous 5-Star ratings from Healthgrades and consistently ranks high in patient satisfaction in Press Ganey ratings. A two-time recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Quality Achievement Award, NARMC is committed to providing the best in care, close to home.