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Kirk and Cynthia Dupps Give $1 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest

07.11.2016

(Springdale) – Kirk and Cynthia Dupps have donated $1 million to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), opening in 2018.

“We know as a family how badly our area needs a children’s hospital. Jimi and his parents KC and Josef faced a three-hour trip to Little Rock for his chemo treatments and care,” says Kirk.  “A children’s hospital that can be reached in minutes, versus hours, which means a better quality of life for so many families. This gift is a stretch for us, but Cynthia and I feel it’s one of the most important things we can do. We are making the commitment to dig deep and make this our focus for the next five years.”

In 2014, Kirk and Cynthia’s grandson Jimi was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  Jimi and his parents spent more than 100 days at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Jimi is now in remission and ready to begin Kindergarten this August.

The Dupps are now leading the charge for the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale by chairing the annual Color of Hope Gala on Friday, Aug. 5 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

“Arkansas Children’s is grateful to Kirk, Cynthia, KC and Josef for their leadership and for their dedication to providing a healthier tomorrow for the children in the state,” says Fred Scarborough, President of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This gift will ensure children in Northwest Arkansas have excellent pediatric care close to home, because all children need Children’s.”

In August 2015, Arkansas Children’s, Inc. announced plans to build a freestanding children’s hospital in Springdale, Ark., on land donated by Robin and Gary George, Cathy and David Evans and their families. Current plans for Arkansas Children’s Northwest include 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, diagnostic services and clinical space. The campus will also include walking trails, gardens and a helipad and refueling station.

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Kirk and Cynthia Dupps Give $1 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest

To date, the Northwest Arkansas community has pledged $27.5 million for the construction of ACNW. Walmart and Walmart Foundation donated $8 million, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. donated $5 million, Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope event committed $5 million over the next five years.

Arkansas Children’s Northwest is being designed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Fayetteville and Little Rock, Ark., and FKP Architects of Houston, Texas. Nabholz Construction is overseeing construction. The hospital is scheduled to open in January 2018. The campus is an integral part of Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s plan to transform the health of children in Arkansas by expanding access to pediatric services across the region.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown from a small orphanage in Little Rock to a statewide network of care that includes an expansive pediatric teaching hospital and research institute, as well as regional clinics in several counties. The hospital’s campus in Little Rock spans 36 city blocks and houses 359 beds, a staff of 505 physicians, over 200 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. A campus under development in northwest Arkansas will bring 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services to children in that region of the state. A private nonprofit, ACH boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research — all dedicated to fulfilling its mission of championing children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. For more info, visit archildrens.org/northwest.

 

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