Arkansas Colleges of Health Education broke ground for their second medical college on May 29, the Arkansas College of Health Sciences, located on the ACHE campus in Chaffee Crossing, Fort Smith, AR.
The new college will house the doctor of physical therapy, doctor of occupational therapy, and physician’s assistant programs, “all of which is to serve the underserved.” The 66,000-square-foot facility-to-come will cost around $25 million, including construction, furniture, equipment, technology, and accreditation. It will result in 30 faculty positions with annual pay, on average, of $100,000 each.
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Progress on the River Valley Sports Complex stopped many months ago, but Fort Smith officials and FCRA Board of Trustees members remain committed to the concept of it being developed for the community.
The $3.5 million Manes & Miracles Equestrian Assisted Therapy Center at Chaffee Crossing will bring a new form of therapy to the Arkansas River Valley.
Chaffee Crossing-based Arkansas Colleges of Health Education president Kyle Parker gave some insight into the future developments planned for the campus. They include asking locals to help medical students fall in love with the community so they will stay and practice in the region after graduation.