Arkansas Children's Northwest
Building Care Close to Home
It is no wonder why Northwest Arkansas is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. The beautiful region in the Ozarks continues to grow economically and culturally, but it is missing a crucial metropolitan amenity: a pediatric hospital campus with state-of-the-art technology and expert care.
In August 2015, Arkansas Children’s, Inc. announced plans to build a freestanding children’s hospital in Springdale, Ark. to advance pediatric healthcare in the region and provide care close to home for the more than 200,000 children. 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 nature trails and gardens for patients and their families, as well as a helipad and refueling station for the Angel One transport team.
In September 2016, Arkansas Children’s board members and staff hosted a topping out ceremony for donors and volunteers on the construction site and future home of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The crowd cheered as a beam covered in signatures from supporters was raised into its place as the highest beam on the steel structure. In the weeks leading up to the celebration, it was transported to corporate headquarters at Tyson Foods, Inc.; Walmart; J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.; George’s, Inc. and the Arkansas Children’s Clinic at Lowell, where employees were invited to sign their names and write messages of support. Guests of the Topping Out Celebration added their signatures, as well.
Arkansas Children’s Northwest is scheduled to open in January 2018. The campus is an integral part of Arkansas Children’s plan to transform the health of children in Arkansas by expanding access to pediatric services across the region.
Several generous Northwest Arkansas companies, foundations and families announced their support of the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest.
Arkansas Children’s Northwest is being built on 37 acres of land, a gift valued at $7.5 million, donated by Robin and Gary George, Cathy and David Evans and their families.
In early August 2016, the Tyson Family and Tyson Foods, Inc. announced a gift of $15 million for the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest—the largest single contribution in Arkansas Children’s history. The historic gift establishes the Tyson Family Tower, which will anchor Arkansas Children’s Northwest.
“At Tyson Foods, we value each and every shareholder, customer and team member,” said Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods. “This investment in pediatric healthcare is a reflection of that commitment, as our team members and their families will benefit directly from having Arkansas Children’s Northwest right here in Northwest Arkansas.”
Earlier in the year, Walmart and Walmart Foundation also made history with an $8 million donation, which is one of the organizations' largest gifts to health care.
"We are proud to be investing in the health and wellness of families and children in Northwest Arkansas," said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer at Walmart and president of the Walmart Foundation. "Walmart is committed to strengthening the local communities in which we operate, and having a children's hospital in this region is a huge step forward."
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. also stepped forward in 2016 with a $5 million donation: "For more than 50 years, J.B. Hunt has believed in the importance of reinvesting in communities," said John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt.
"The construction of a children's hospital in this community is a historic and necessary next step for the advancement of pediatric healthcare in the region. J.B. Hunt understands the impact a thriving Arkansas Children's Hospital will have on the children of Arkansas. We are proud to step forward as a champion for children."
Volunteer leaders for Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala benefitting Arkansas Children's Hospital are committing $5 million to the construction of Arkansas Children's Northwest. The gift will be distributed over the next five years.
"Thanks to Walmart's vision two decades ago and annual support from the supplier community, Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala have been integral fundraisers for Arkansas Children's Hospital for more than 20 years," says Mike Sewell, Sr. VP and Walmart Team Leader for MPG and co-chair for Will Golf 4 Kids.
Thanks to a $3 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation, families in Northwest Arkansas will enjoy a 37-acre wellness campus. The gift establishes the Amelia Faulk Labyrinth and Nature Trail on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale. Ms. Faulk, a friend of the Walton family, was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic disorder resulting in fragile bones that break easily, and has received care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since birth.
“Arkansas Children’s Hospital has been with me every step of my journey,” said Amelia, age 26. “The love and support the staff has shown me over the years has been incredible. The physicians and nurses have been a part of our family my whole life. I hope this gift from the Walton Family makes it easier for sick children in Northwest Arkansas to experience the same caring commitment.”
Arkansas Children's is grateful to the caring community of Northwest Arkansas for their enduring support. Thank you for being partners with us as we build care close to home.
Trisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, was named senior vice president/Regional Services. Montague will oversee key leadership positions and the on-site construction of the new Northwest Arkansas campus under the direction of President and Chief Executive Officer, Marcy Doderer. Trisha will also collaborate with key physicians, executives and management to implement plans for regional growth.
Trisha has more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership in patient care delivery and nursing practice. At Children’s of San Antonio, Trisha served as the executive lead on a $150 million renovation project for inpatient units and services.
The campus will be built on 37 acres of land donated by David and Cathy (George) Evans, Gary and Robin George and their families. This $7.5 million gift represents a historic investment in the future of pediatric health care in Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas community has now pledged $61.85 million for the construction of Arkansas Children's Northwest.
Other donors building care close to home:
The Tyson Family and Tyson Foods, Inc donated $15 million for the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest—the largest single contribution in Arkansas Children’s history. The historic gift establishes the Tyson Family Tower, which will anchor the new facility.
Walmart and Walmart Foundation donated $8 million to the Arkansas Children's Northwest construction project. The gift is one of the largest ever made to healthcare by Walmart or Walmart Foundation.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. donated $5 million to the Arkansas Children's Northwest construction project. The gift will help transform healthcare in the region by building expert pediatric care close to home for more than 200,000 children.
Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala committed $5 million to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest, to be distributed over the next five years. Will Golf 4 Kids has been an integral fundraiser for ACH for more than 20 years.
Families in Northwest Arkansas will enjoy a 37-acre wellness campus, including an outdoor labyrinth and nature trail, thanks to a recent gift from the Walton Family Foundation. The $3 million gift establishes the Amelia Faulk Labyrinth and Nature Trail on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale.
Longtime Springdale contractor and developer Fadil Bayyari and his children – Sara Boelkins, Sophia Bayyari, and Joseph Bayyari – have committed $1 million to support the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest.
Kirk and Cynthia Dupps have donated $1 million to the Arkansas Children’s Northwest construction project. Thanks to the generous gift, local children will be able to reach excellent pediatric care in minutes rather than hours—including the Dupps’ grandson Jimi. Now in remission, Jimi spent more than 100 days at ACH fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Robin and Gary George donated $1 million to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest in addition to their family’s transformational land gift. A chapel in the new hospital will be named the Robin George Chapel in recognition of Robin’s long-time involvement with ACH’s Pastoral Care program.
Karen and Darren Horton donated $1 million to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The generous gift will help improve the health of children in the region, including the Horton’s own grandchildren, by building care close to home.
The J.B. and Johnelle Hunt family is adding their personal support to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale with a gift of $1 million. In honor of J.B. and Johnelle Hunt’s family gift, and in gratitude for their vision of a healthier Arkansas, the public dining area in Arkansas Children’s Northwest will bear J.B. and Johnelle Hunt’s family name.
Endeavor Foundation has donated $2 million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) in Springdale. The gift will ensure ACNW can provide essential programs immediately and effectively deliver comprehensive, family-centered care close to home for every child who needs it.
Premier Concepts, LLC donated $1 million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest construction and demonstrated their dedication to the health of children in the Northwest Arkansas community. The gift will be distributed to the project over the next five years.
The Schmieding Foundation, Inc. has donated $1 million to the campaign to construct and outfit Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale. The gift will name the occupational and physical therapy gym located at Arkansas Children’s Northwest.
Central States Manufacturing in Lowell has made a gift of $250,000 to CARE CLOSE TO HOME: The campaign for Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW).
Anstaff Bank, a locally owned and operated bank in Green Forest, is making a $250,000 commitment to support the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest.
Grateful grandparents Joanie and Jon Dyer are giving $1 million to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The gift was inspired by the excellent care their grandson received at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Kaaren Biggs along with the Biggs Family and Packaging Specialties Inc. (PSI) gave $2 million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest.
Arkansas Children's is currently having conversations with leadership donors to accelerate the construction project and pave the way for the grand opening in 2018. If you are interested in learning more about how you can invest in this historic project, please contact Kim Dutton at the Arkansas Children's Foundation at 479-725-0406.
Location Will Provide Quick Access to the Most Families
- Located on I-49 in Springdale between Don Tyson Parkway and HWY 412, bordered by S. 56th Street and Watkins Avenue just across the street from Arvest Ballpark.
- The location of the new ACH campus in Springdale will give quick access to the most families. More than 70 percent of Benton and Washington county residents will be within a 30-minute drive to the campus.
- Springdale has the largest population of children in poverty among the four largest cities in northwest Arkansas: 39 percent in comparison to 6 percent in Bentonville, 17 percent in Fayetteville and 23 percent in Rogers.
Expected Economic Impact/Investment
- Arkansas Children's Northwest represents a $427.7 million investment over the next five years.
- Construction, technology and equipment: $167.0 million
- Operating expenses: $260.7 million
- Over 250 employees
Specifics of the New Campus
- Architectural firms: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Fayetteville and Little Rock, Ark., and FKP Architects of Houston, Texas
- 233,613 square feet
- 24 inpatient beds to care for children requiring overnight stays
- 24-hour pediatric Emergency Department
- An outpatient clinic with 30 exam rooms supporting more than 20 subspecialty areas and a general pediatric clinic
- Pediatric surgery unit with 5 operating rooms
- A full range of ancillary and diagnostic services
- Imaging capabilities (MRI, CT and routine X-ray)
- Diagnostic services (infusion, PFT, EEG, echo, neurophysiology, audiology, rehabilitation)
- A helipad and refueling station supporting Angel One, one of the nation’s leading pediatric intensive care transport services with more than 2,000 transports annually
The Northwest Arkansas campus will feature the following family-centered amenities:
- Occupational therapy and physical therapy services
- Chapel with Pastoral Care
- Volunteer and Child Life services
- Playroom for patients and siblings
- Family house, cafeteria and gift shop
- Outdoor gardens, nature trails, and interactive features designed for children
Download all the facts about Arkansas Children's Northwest at your fingertips. (Updated August 3, 2016)
Packaging Specialties Inc. and the Biggs Family Gives $2 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Dyer Family Gives $1 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Endeavor Foundation Commits $2 Million to Services at Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Schmieding Foundation Gives Holiday Gift of $1 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Fadil Bayyari Family Gives $1 Million to CARE CLOSE TO HOME: The Campaign for Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Topping Out Celebration Held for Arkansas Children’s Northwest
J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Give $1 Million to CARE CLOSE TO HOME: The Campaign for Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Amelia Faulk Labyrinth and Nature Trail Will Provide Serene, Outdoor Space at Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Arkansas Children’s Launches CARE CLOSE TO HOME: The Campaign for Arkansas Children’s Northwest
The Tyson Family and Tyson Foods Give $15 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Robin and Gary George to Fund Chapel with Additional $1 Million to Arkansas Children's Northwest
Karen and Darren Horton Donate $1 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Premier Concepts, LLC Donates $1 Million Gift to Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Kirk and Cynthia Dupps Give $1 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala Commit $5 Million for Arkansas Children's Northwest
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Donates $5 Million To Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Walmart and Walmart Foundation Donate $8 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest
ACH Names Trisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, to Lead New Hospital Campus in Northwest Arkansas
ACH Names FKP Architects, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects to Lead Design for New Hospital Campus in Springdale
ACH Announces New Hospital Campus in Springdale