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ACH Celebrates 100 Years of Care, Love and Hope

Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) is marking its 100th birthday with a year-long celebration of care, love and hope. Even ts are highlighting ACH's transition from an orphanage in 1912 to one of the nation's largest pediatric medical centers today.

In March, President Bill Clinton joined ACH staff and supporters at a celebration marking the date that the articles of incorporation were signed to create ACH a century ago. During his remarks, Clinton praised the hospital's forward-thinking, big-picture focus.

"Hillary, Chelsea and I are grateful to Arkansas Children's Hospital for all it has done to serve children and families, including ours," President Clinton said. "I am proud to honor one of America's most respected children's health care facilities, which is improving the lives of children and families from not only Arkansas, but throughout the world."

Also at the event, the ACH Foundation announced the "Century of Possibility" campaign to raise $160 million. This campaign - the hospital's most ambitious - will fund four priority areas essential to creating a healthier and more promising future for children: pediatric care, research, education and prevention. Officials announced that the campaign has so far raised $100 million and will continue through 2014. Every dollar raised will help kids right here in Arkansas.

People in every corner of the state also have had the chance to learn about ACH's history through a new 30-minute documentary that aired on several TV stations. Birthday of Birthdays traces the development of the original Arkansas Children's Home, and highlights the hard work that brought the hospital to its status today. History buffs in Arkansas and across the United States can catch the documentary online now at youtube.com/archildrens.

Additional events are in the works to celebrate the strides ACH has made over the last century. Learn more and share your story of care, love and hope at ach100.org.

New and Soon-to-Be Parents Can Benefit from Home Visiting Program

Baby on the way? Or maybe there's already a new bundle of joy at your home! Either way, you probably have lots of questions and wouldn't mind some answers from a trustworthy source. You and your little one may be able to benefit from the Arkansas Home Visiting Network, coordinated through Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH).

You can receive health information from trained providers in the convenience of your own home. They'll bring lots of useful resources on nutrition, exercise and other habits that can help your baby grow up to be strong and healthy. They'll help you understand when your child needs certain shots and help you make sure he's ready for kindergarten in a few short years.

If you're familiar with Arkansas HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters), then you already have an idea of what home visiting is like. Several programs across the state will be working with ACH to expand the number of instructors available to help families likes yours, and with new training, they'll be even better equipped to answer your questions.

"The great thing about the program is that it's very personal and in a one-on-one setting," said Rhonda Sanders, director of the Arkansas Home Visiting Network based at Arkansas Children's Hospital. "Families don't have to go anywhere, they don't have to sit in a big class with people they don't know. Someone will spend time getting to know each family and work with them on ideas they can use at home with their children."

Arkansas families will be able to benefit from this program by mid-summer. They may be referred through schools, clinics and local health departments. Those interested can also reach out to the Arkansas Home Visiting Network to find out more about the requirements of the program and how they can take advantage of home visiting by calling (501) 364-5460.

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