Seventeen High School Students Graduate From Havasu Regional Medical Center’s 2016 MASH Program

October 21, 2016

Lake Havasu City, AZ – October 21, 2016 –For the fifth year in a row, Havasu Regional Medical Center (HRMC) welcomed local high school students to participate in a hands-on educational program called MASH – Multiple Avenues for Successful Healthcare. The goal of the MASH program is to create an educational program to address the shortage of health care professionals in rural communities.

The MASH concept was spearheaded by former Partnership for Economic Development (PED) CEO, Gary Kellogg after learning about similar a program at a 2012 Arizona Rural Development Council board meeting. Since its inception the PED has been a continued partner in the program by supplying the students with the required scrubs they need to participate. The Kiwanis Club of Lake Havasu also sponsors the meals for the students.

Seventeen students enrolled in the MASH program this year. Students have to write a 500/1000 word essay on why they want to participate in the MASH program as well as one on what the ICARE standards mean to them. On July 21st, all seventeen students graduated from the program after two weeks of focused exposure to a variety of healthcare careers at the hospital. These included nursing, surgery, obstetrics, laboratory, respiratory therapy, cardiac catheterization lab, physical, occupational and speech therapy, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, plant operations, food services, environmental services, human resources, pharmacy, radiology, wound care and the emergency room.

The 2016 MASH program graduates are: America Evans, Bailee Liska, Makayla Olson, Cameron Schrotberger, Anne Woffard, Cherish Hernandez, Brooke Bell, Jersey Orias, Vanessa Solis, Kailee Fuller, Dayna Hobday, Mariah Stefick, Natasha Stuart, Nicholette Bacus, Paige Escamilla, Justin Lee and Zoe Festa-Woods.

Blondie Miley, RN, WCC, who has coordinated the MASH program for the last four years said, “Multiple Avenues for Successful Healthcare was a great success, again! Before we know it, they will be taking care of us!” She thanked everyone that positively touched the lives of our youth and helped to inspire them.

About Havasu Regional Medical Center

Havasu Regional Medical Center is a licensed 171 bed acute care facility fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Providing 24 hour emergency services, it is also a state certified ALS Base Hospital, authorizing medical direction and support of pre-hospital care providers, fire department paramedic and ambulance personnel. The facility offers a full complement of patient-centered, community hospital and regional referral services in most major medical disciplines, including open heart and neurosurgery. More than 100 affiliated physicians and allied health professionals comprise the medical staff and represent a broad cross-section of specialty areas. HRMC is partially owned or invested in by physicians. More information can be found on its website at www.HavasuRegional.com