The Degen Foundation

Degen Foundation History

Sparks Hospital c. 1900
Sparks Hospital c. 1900

Arkansas’ first hospital, St. John’s, was founded by the Reverend George F. Degen, who in 1887, collected $500 from local merchants along Garrison Ave to rent a building as a place to care for the injured. We honor Reverend Degen and the efforts of so many to improve health care in our hometown.


Office Hours & Location

Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

7000 Chad Colley Blvd
Fort Smith, AR 72916


“Providing for our region’s health care needs
by investing in practical solutions today
with a vision for tomorrow”

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To the left, Emily Robertson, Speech-Language Pathologist at the Kistler Center, using the FTA-3 test to evaluate Ms. Lilly Garner. The mission of The Gregory Kistler Treatment Center is to provide support and learning opportunities in the community for children and adults with development disabilities and to provide all individuals an opportunity for a full and productive life through therapy more

Foundation Announcements

Cycle 1 starts January 1 through March 30th for June Awards.

Cycle 2 starts July 1 through September 30th for December Awards.

We welcome the 2021 Inaugural Class for the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Orientation started July 31. Good luck ARCOM Students!!

Second Cycle has begun! Grant and Scholarship Applications will be accepted between July 1 and Sept 30, 2017. Awards are determined in December 2017.

The first cycle of “Awards Season” for 2017 has begun!
Degen Grant & Scholarship Applications will be accepted between January 1 and March 31, 2017.

Please see instructions for Grant and Scholarship applications for either email or hard-copy filing.

Please Send All Materials To:

Attn: Executive Director
The Degen Foundation
PO Box 10366
Fort Smith, AR 72917

Dedicated to improving the health care and education needs in the River Valley Region.