Sparks Thanks Teen Volunteers

FORT SMITH, Ark. (Aug. 7, 2013) – Sparks Health System is celebrating its teen volunteers after a summer of service.

For eight weeks, 31 students have aided Sparks Regional Medical Center staff and guests with a variety of tasks throughout the hospital as a part of the “Sparks Caring Teen” program.  Twice a week, these 14 to 17-year-olds traded in their summer vacation to make a difference at the hospital.  From helping nursing units care for patients to delivering mail, the teens gained valuable experience while being exposed to the different departments in the facility.

To thank the teens for their service, the Volunteer Services office is hosting a special awards ceremony for the participating students and their families at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, August 8 in the Shuffield Education Center at Sparks Regional Medical Center.  Awards will be presented to teen volunteers who displayed commendable character during the summer term.  Media members are welcome to attend.

The students were selected to participate in the volunteer program after an application process.  The teens attend school in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Alma, Greenwood, Charleston and Muldrow.  Applications for next year’s teen volunteer program will be available in March 2014.

Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Clinic (an employed multi-specialty physician group), Sparks PremierCare physician-hospital organization, Sparks Home Health and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center.  For more information about Sparks Health System, visit