Helena Regional Medical Center was honored to host the UAMS East MASH students. MASH (Medical Application of Science for Health 2015) is students in 9-12 grades who have completed one semester of biology.

Helena Regional Medical Center was honored to host the UAMS East MASH students.  MASH (Medical Application of Science for Health 2015) is students in 9-12 grades who have completed one semester of biology. 

UAMS East and Arkansas Farm Bureau sponsor the program.  The 2015 MASH camp was held June 15-19.  It is designed to inform students about health careers and health improvement.  The program activities include: hands-on experience in medical testing, casting, suturing, CPR and first aid certifications.  It also includes health promotion activities, a community service project, a field trip to the UAMS campus in Little Rock and an EACC Ropes Course.

“June 16 was our day here at Helena Regional Medical Center,” said Sharon Martin, director of marketing.  “The entire medical staff was geared up to show these students what happens in their departments.” 

Martin went on to list the many experiences they had, “Emergency room nurses, talked about the level four trauma unit and just how important the AR SAVES electronic medicine communication unit was to those that are having a stroke.  Lives can be saved and decreases the percentage of disability the stroke victims might have. 

The Radiology Unit showed them what broken bones look like on X-ray film, the Laboratory Department showed them how tests were run in both controlled and micro-biology units.  The blood bank storage and importance of donors was stressed to all students.  The Pharmacy Department showed them how they keep a whole hospital stocked with medications for any condition or need that arises.  The Women and Children’s Unit showed them the birthing rooms and nursery facilities.”

The students were treated to a hamburger bar, provided by the Dietary Department. Karen Bolton, director of nursing, presented a demonstration of injections and the drawing of solutions. Last by not least, the students were educated on what a Hospitalist is and how valuable the program is to the community and local physicians. 

Dr. Praveen Kanneganti gave an educational speech. 

“We at Helena Regional Medical Center welcome the opportunity to encourage our local young to pursue a medical professional career,” stated Martin.