Caring Teen Program Added to Sparks Van Buren
Teenagers in Crawford County will have the opportunity to get firsthand experience and an inside look into the world of healthcare with the launch of the Caring Teen Summer program at Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren.
The program has been in place at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith for more than five years and has trained more than 100 teen volunteers. Many of the students involved have gone on to pursue careers in healthcare fields such as pharmacy, psychology and nursing. These success stories inspired the Van Buren hospital to host their own summer program.
“The healthcare field is always changing and always in need of nurses, administrators and support staff,” said Mary Jo Brinkman, Ph.D., CPHQ, Facility Compliance Officer. “We want to help these kids pick a career path they’re passionate about, in hopes of them one day returning to Crawford County to serve our community.”
The Caring Teen Program in Van Buren is open to students ages 14-18. The students must volunteer a minimum of 96 hours over the summer break and be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will volunteer in departments such as surgery, nursing floors, intensive care, X-ray, physical therapy, pharmacy and laboratory.
To apply for the program, click on the Caring Teen Summer Program link on the Volunteer Opportunities page of SparksHealth.com. Applications are due March 22, 2017.
For more information, email Mary Jo Brinkman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (479) 471-4435.
Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren, Sparks Clinic, Sparks PremierCare and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center.