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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Foundation Announcements

Cycle 1 applications for Grant & Scholarships are accepted between January 1 and March 31 with awards being made in June.

Cycle 2 applications for Grants only are accepted between July 1 and Sept 30th with awards being made in December.

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.