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”

Featured Organization

To the left, William “Bill” Loyd, Executive Director of Abilities Unlimited, grins as he signs the Agreement Letter for a $6,700.00 Degen Grant to purchase six (6) Automated external defibrillators (AED’s) that will be cabinet mounted for 4 different agency locations and one (1) AED in a travel case to accompany clients/employees during day trips or activities away from the more

Foundation Announcements

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

Our office is now located at 7000 Chad Colley Blvd (located within the ACHE/ARCOM building).
Phone: 479.755.6880
Fax: 479.755.6875

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.