Arkansas Children’s is the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows our organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. We are driven by four core values:  safety, teamwork, compassion, and excellence. These values inform every decision and every action, from the aggressive pursuit of zero hospital infections to treating each family with dignity, kindness, and concern. These core values fundamentally guide our work at Arkansas Children’s.

For more than a century, we have continuously evolved to meet the unique needs of the children of Arkansas and beyond. Today, we are more than just a hospital treating sick kids – our system includes two hospitals, a pediatric research institute, a foundation, clinics, education and outreach, all with an unyielding commitment to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.

2023 Book of Outcomes

Arkansas Children's sets itself apart by keeping children at the center of every decision, and we are unwavering in our mission. Learn how our core values create better patient experiences and improve outcomes.

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US News and World Report Rankings

Arkansas Children’s is ranked in seven specialty services according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

Learn about the specialty services at Arkansas Children's that are included in the rankings. 

Better Today & Healthier Tomorrow: The Arkansas Children's Mission

Learn how the Arkansas Children's pediatric system has grown to provide unprecedented child health, defined and delivered, and to continue our mission of making children better today and healthier tomorrow. Arkansas Children's nationally ranked pediatric specialists and Magnet designated nurses provide right-sized care for your child.

Arkansas Children's HospitalArkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) is a pediatric hospital with a Level I Trauma Center, that’s located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is among the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States and serves children from birth to age 21. ACH is affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is a teaching hospital with the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics.

ACH staff consists of more than 505 physicians, 200 residents, and 4,400 support staff. The hospital includes 336 beds and offers three intensive care units. The campus spans 36 city blocks and has a floor space of over 2,000,000 square feet.


Arkansas Children's NorthwestThe 200,000 children of Northwest Arkansas now have quick, easy access to comprehensive pediatric medical care 24/7 at Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the region’s first and only children’s hospital and pediatric emergency room. This milestone marks the first time that pediatric emergency medical services have been available where Northwest Arkansas children live, learn and play. Arkansas Children’s Northwest is designed, staffed and equipped just for children. As the region’s only comprehensive pediatric health center, Arkansas Children’s Northwest also offers families:

  • 24 inpatient rooms for overnight stays
  • Level IV Pediatric Trauma Center
  • A primary care clinic and a wide variety of sub-specialty services
  • A state-of-the-art pediatric surgery unit with 5 operating rooms
  • A full range of ancillary and diagnostic services, child life, social work and pastoral care programs
  • 233,613 square feet of wellness space designed to maximize children’s discovery & delight
  • Outdoor gardens, nature trails and interactive features designed specifically for children
  • A helipad and refueling station supporting Angel One, one of the nation’s leading pediatric intensive care transport services

As the fundraising arm of the Arkansas Children’s system, the Arkansas Children’s Foundation’s goal is to make friends and raise funds in support of the mission and vision. Foundation staff work in partnership with leadership to develop cases for philanthropic support and establish endowed chairs and funds. They also partner with donors to help them fulfill their desires to make transformational investments in children’s health. Through the Foundation, Arkansas Children’s is a partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit organization raising funds for more than 170 hospitals nationwide. On average, the Foundation team raises more than $30 million every year for the people, places, and programs of Arkansas Children’s.

Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) is a free-standing pediatric research center on the ACH campus. The center is designed to help faculty members from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences investigate disease development and treatment in infants, children, and adolescents. Physician and biomedical scientist investigators at ACRI and the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center (ACNC) research clinical, basic science, and health services to learn how to treat and prevent illnesses and diseases in children.

The Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN) is changing how children across Arkansas get health care. ACCN connects all doctors treating the same child. That includes a child’s main doctor and any specialists. They work together to give the best care.

Being connected through ACCN means:

  • better, more timely care
  • the best care close to home when possible
  • better health for Arkansas children at lower cost