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The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Mr. Reynolds was the founder and principal owner of the Donrey Media Group, which he started in 1940 with the purchase of the Okmulgee Daily (Okla.) Times and the Southwest (Ark.) Times Record in Fort Smith.

At the time of Mr. Reynolds' death in 1993, his organization had grown to include 52 daily newspapers, 10 outdoor advertising companies, five cable television companies and one television station. Headquartered in Las Vegas, the Reynolds Foundation is one of the 50 largest private foundations in the United States.

Caring Through the Seasons

Dedicated on March 20, 2003, the Donald W. Reynolds Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital brings state-of-the-art facilities which allow for a more family-centered approach in pediatric care. Every element has been specially designed for the care and comfort of patients and their families. For children, it is especially important to involve families in their care; not only does it help ease parents' anxiety to be nearby, but recent studies have shown that their presence can actually reduce recovery time in children.

The generous support of the Reynolds Foundation has enabled us to create a PICU that's not simply better, but is undoubtedly the best facility for critically ill children. The new unit has almost doubled our former unit in size to 22,300 square feet, an area that includes:

  • 16 private patient care rooms
  • 4 private isolation rooms
  • 2 private multi-purpose rooms
  • 4-bed semi-private observation area
  • Controlled access that enhances security, privacy and infection control
  • Ample office and support space for the healthcare team

Our team of physicians, nurses, care givers, administrators and architects researched leading critical care centers in the country, visiting top hospitals and studying the latest ICU designs. They selected the best features, tailored them to the specific needs of ACH and created a world-class facility for the children of Arkansas. Every design element including lighting, color scheme and décor was selected to create a soothing, reassuring atmosphere. The result is a comfortable, family-focused, state-of-the-art facility that offers the best care... through the seasons.

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