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Mission Statement
The Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Education Department is dedicated to providing educational services to the employees of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, students and the community, which are consistent with AMMC's mission statement and goals. The intent of these services is to improve the delivery of healthcare through the education of present and future health professionals and to improve community health through health awareness.

The Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Education Department offers services to patients, families and the community through support groups and educational presentations.

The Education Department recognizes that cost effective education, training and developmental goals must be achieved and outcomes measured that signify quality and excellence. We intend to provide opportunity and resources for learning and staff development through collaboration with all departments.

Recognizing the challenges that result from rapid change in the structure of healthcare, AMMC is committed to facilitating excellence in practice and employee competency.

Helping You Live Well by Learning
We encourage you to search our available classes and events, and if you have any questions regarding the information presented in this section, please don't hesitate to call the AMMC Education Department at 870-239-7016.

Staff Development
Educational classes and Continuing Education is available for our staff on AMMC is also a Community Training Center for the American Heart Association. CPR classes for Healthcare Providers, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) classes are available. We also provide the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. There is a computer lab available for our staff in the Education Department, and our library is open from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

AMI or Annual Mandatory In-service and a TB evaluation or test is scheduled by the employee's date of hire. AMI is held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

NEO or New Employee Orientation is held the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. New employees must attend orientation and have a TB test or evaluation done at this time.

Patient Education
We provide inpatient and outpatient education on an individual basis. We have Nurse Educators on staff that provide classes, both individual and group, on diabetic education, colostomy care, cholesterol education, weight management and childbirth education.

Community Education
Each year, the AMMC Education Department holds the M*A*S*H Program at AMMC. M*A*S*H*, or Medical Applications of Science for Health, is a two-week summer camp that introduces high school students who are currently in the 10th or 11th grade to health careers. Students selected into the M*A*S*H* program will shadow in a variety of health care locations, learn medical terminology, take part in hands on activities to learn medical procedures and tour the UAMS Little Rock campus. Students also take part in team building activities, heart dissection and suturing, proper wrapping techniques and casting, as well as learning about a variety of health careers and education levels needed for different careers.

This program is located at AMMC in Paragould. We are housed in the professional office building of the hospital. We do not provide transportation or housing for this program. Students selected should make arrangements for their own transportation.

This is a FREE program for students, thanks to community donations, support from the M*A*S*H Partnership and a grant from the Blue & You Foundation.

Applications can be picked up from your high school counselor or you may come by the education department of the hospital.


Shannon Walton, RN

M*A*S*H Program Coordinator

AMMC 900 W. Kingshighway

Paragould, AR 72450


AMMC also offers an annual Men's Health Fair and Women's Health Fair, held in the Auditorium of the Professional Office Building.This year's events are scheduled for Thursday, September 6 and Thursday, October 4. We also offer CPR classes for the community. Please call 239-7016 for more information.