Plans to build Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Fort Smith are becoming more of a reality thanks to the recent land donation by the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith’s Chaffee Crossing.
“Our partnership with Mercy has been a critical element in fulfilling our mission to improve lives in our community,” said Kyle Parker, CEO of ACHE. “Through these cooperative efforts, we are excited to expand health care and provide learning environments for our students.”
Five years ago, the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education were formed as one of the first major developments in the area.
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education was named Non-profit of the Year.
The Fort Smith Public School district is a million dollars closer to opening its highly anticipated career and technology center.
He noted Fort Smith is doing “an amazing job” of trying to keep young people, citing the opening of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine there in 2017 as an example.
Kinslow said all four cities must “compete with people” — specifically young people — to give them reasons to stay in the region. He listed Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine as one measure that will keep people here.
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine students must perform progressive simulation, or SIM, labs to evaluate student learning. Dr. Harvey Potts, ARCOM executive director of simulation and clinical skills, said first year students do basic labs on different systems of the body, such as treat a small bowel obstruction, and learn to read vital signs.
Trails are coming to the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education campus thanks to a grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation. The college received a $216,000 grant from ARDOT’s Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program for use on its campus Wellness Trail, noted a media release on the grant.