Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) will be making a home for the Fort Smith Symphony corporate offices in their new Research Institute Health & Wellness Center.


ACHE recently acquired the former Golden Living building and is currently working on renovations and updates to the 20-year old building.


Kyle D. Parker, CEO of ACHE said the medical colleges see a direct correlation between the arts and wellness.


"Our intention is to continue to build health education and supplement it with all forms of art including: painting, architecture, sculpture, literature, music, performing and cinema," Parker said in a news release.


John Jeter, the symphony’s music director and conductor, said his staff will move into the Research Institute in March 2021.


"It has been a challenging year for the arts and I am grateful for the support from ACHE," Jeter added. "Moving our offices to the ACHE Research Institute Health & Wellness Center will provide more opportunities for interaction between our two organizations. We look forward to continuing to provide musical arts to our community."


ACHE President Brian Kim plays the violin in the Fort Smith Symphony.


"With the arts and wellness initiative that ACHE has begun to pursue, along with our very close relationship with the symphony, it just made sense to relocate their offices to our Research Institute Health & Wellness Center," Kim said.


ACHE is a private, nonprofit institution located on 430 acres in Fort Smith. ACHE’s first college, the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) is set to graduate its inaugural class of 150 osteopathic medical students in May 2021.


ACHE opened its second building, a 66,000-square-foot facility, earlier this year to be the home to developing programs: the School of Physical Therapy, the School of Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies.


ACHE also just recently announced the purchase of the ACHE Research Institute Health & Wellness Center, a 317,850-square-foot facility that will contain a biomedical research laboratory and space for initiatives in health and wellness.


For more information about ACHE programs, visit www.acheedu.org.