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Celebrating 100 Years: ACH Kicks Off Centennial with Launch of ACH100.org, Website Exploring History and Patient Experience

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Dec. 13, 2011) - As Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) kicks off its centennial celebration this week, it also highlights the thousands of people who have made care, love and hope an Arkansas tradition. The state's only pediatric medical center is launching a new website and social media effort to share the experiences of lives touched by the hospital through ach100.org . The website went live this morning.

On ach100.org, visitors will find a comprehensive history of ACH, leading them from its days as a fledgling orphanage to today's milestones as a comprehensive 316-bed facility with dozens of specialty care clinics. The site provides educational tools that will be helpful to teachers across the state, emphasizing important moments in Arkansas history.

"As we approached our centennial, Arkansas Children's Hospital saw this as the perfect occasion for imparting how its care has changed the history of this state," said ACH Director of Communications Dan McFadden, APR. "In ach100.org, Arkansans will find a time machine that takes them all the way back to 1912 and also pushes us into the next century of care, love and hope."

The site gives families a chance to share their own experiences at Arkansas Children's Hospital. During the fall, ACH invited the community to send in their stories, photos and videos via a form on archildrens.org. Those have been compiled on the Story Time portion of ach100.org and will be updated continuously as families pass down their own stories.

A collection of historic photos and documents dating back to 1912 also illustrates the rich history that Arkansas Children's Hospital has in caring for the state's youngest and most critical patients.

Visitors to ach100.org will also find events in communities around the state to help ACH celebrate its 100 th anniversary, from donation drives to Circle of Friends meetings and other festivities. There also will be opportunities to support the hospital on ach100.org through fundraising, volunteer commitments and donations of items ranging from toys to batteries.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children. The campus spans 29 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. ACH recently ranked No. 75 on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.

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