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

Temporary Location
7600 Taylor Ave
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

Dee Carroll, Director of the The Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy (CCVL), accepts a Degen Grant for $3,696.20 to help establish a new program: Literacy and Healthy Living.

This program will provide learned literacy skills to help students cope and interact with the medical community involving a relationship with a doctor, a pharmacy, hospital or more

Foundation Announcements

Friends of The Degen Foundation:

The Foundation office will be relocating its office to the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine building effective June 13, 2016. The building is located at:

7000 Chad Colley Blvd
Fort Smith, AR 72916

The phone number will remain the same as listed below:

Phone: 479-755-6880, Fax: 479-755-6875

The public will be invited to a Grand Opening event on August 21, 2016 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.

The Degen Foundation is pleased to announce the second Grant and Scholarship cycle for 2016 starts January 1st. There is a March 31st deadline for a June Award.

The Degen Foundation receives Humanitarian of the Year award. (Read more...)

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.