Mercy Hospital Hot Springs reinstated its M.A.S.H. program this week with 14 area high school students participating.
M.A.S.H., which stands for Medical Application of Science for Health is a summer enrichment program that allows high school juniors and seniors to receive an introduction to several areas of the hospital. It is geared toward those who might consider entering the medical profession one day.
Students representing Hot Springs, Lakeside, Lake Hamilton, Cutter Morning Star, Kirby, Caddo Hills and Bismarck are participating.
“We’re really excited because it’s been several years since we’ve had a M.A.S.H. program. We think it’s a great opportunity for high school students in our community to be part of the health care that we offer here at Mercy,” said Michele Diedrich, Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Hot Springs. “They are able to see different aspects of health care; that it’s not just nursing, it’s not just physicians. There are a lot of roles that make up health care. We’re hoping to peak their interest.”
Through a variety of experiences, the students interact with different health care experts, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical technologists, radiology technologists, respiratory therapists and dieticians. Each teaches practical illustration of basic scientific theories relative to their fields. Students also become certified in both basic First Aid and Basic Life Support (CPR). The program runs through June 22.
“They’re going to get to do a heart dissection and some suturing on pigs’ feet. And we’ve got physicians and leaders from several different departments are coming to present,” Diedrich said. “It’s seven hours a day for 10 days while they’re here.”
Students participating include Sawyer Burgener (Cutter Morning Star), Hannah Deputy (Kirby), Brooke Echols (Lakeside), Emily Hollifield (Caddo Hills), Patrick Lambert (Bismarck), Madison Louden (Lake Hamilton), Brianna McAfee (Hot Springs), Madison Nicholas (Lake Hamilton), Aaron Roland (Hot Springs), Keri Sanders (Lake Hamilton), Heather Saylor (Lake Hamilton), Shelby Smith (Lake Hamilton) and Simone White (Hot Springs).
Mercy Hot Springs has 27 medical clinics and has served the health care needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888. It is designated as the southwest region’s only Level II Trauma Center and the region’s most preferred provider of health care services. On April 23 Capella Healthcare, parent of National Park Medical Center, and Mercy Health, sponsors of St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System, signed an Agreement in Principle that contemplates transferring ownership of St. Joseph’s Mercy to Capella and allows the two organizations to engage in exclusive negotiations toward a definitive agreement.