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Arkansas Children’s Continues Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow Announcing New $5 Million Gift to Support Future at Arkansas Children’s Northwest

09.20.2019

Donate Now(Springdale, Ark.) September 20, 2019–Arkansas Children’s continues its statewide public launch of the Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow, a bold $250 million campaign designed to support the promise of unprecedented child health for children in Arkansas, defined and delivered.

Arkansas Children’s leadership announced a new $5 million gift to support Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW). The anonymous Northwest Arkansas donor’s $5 million gift supports the current programs and future expansion at ACNW. The principal of the $5 million cash gift will remain intact while the earnings support today’s programs. When future capital expansion plans are known, the $5 million gift will unlock and become the first leadership investment in ACNW.

This new $5 million investment in expanded programs at ACNW is the second announcement in a week-long series to publicly launch the Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow.

Since August of 2019, Arkansas Children’s has received commitments of more than $10 million to support care close to home for children in Northwest Arkansas. The Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament and Color of Hope Gala committees pledged a new $5 million investment to expand pediatric cancer treatment and support services at ACNW.

“We are grateful to celebrate this $5 million investment that fuels today’s programs and tomorrow’s expansion at Arkansas Children’s Northwest,” said Marcy Doderer, FACHE, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s. “Northwest Arkansas has the fastest growing pediatric population in the state and Arkansas Children’s will continue to provide right-sized care for children in the community by investing in the people and the programs at Arkansas Children’s Northwest.”

Arkansas Children’s invites the public to make a gift to support statewide initiatives that help deliver on the promise of a healthier tomorrow for the children of Arkansas. Visit giving.archildrens.org or call 888.880.7491.

Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow

Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow

By most national measures, Arkansas is one of the least healthy states ranking 40 out of 50 states in overall child health and well-being. Arkansas Children’s envisions a healthier tomorrow for all 710,000 children in Arkansas—for both longtime patients and the children who will never walk through the doors of Arkansas Children’s.

Since 2015, the Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow has secured more than $200 million in gifts toward a $250 million goal. Arkansas Children’s Foundation board chair, Charlie Whiteside and his wife Cappy are the 2019 campaign chairs.

  • In 2015, Arkansas Children’s invested in two new S-76D Sikorsky Angel One Helicopters with the ability to reach a child anywhere in the state in 55 minutes. Since 1978, the Angel One Transport team has transported the most critically ill and injured patients to Arkansas Children’s and established a statewide network of care for children in Arkansas.
  • Arkansas Children’s Dental Outreach programs are providing care to children across the state. Four, full-service mobile dental vans serve children in need of root canals, cavity fillings, extractions and crowns. School-based programs provide oral health education, dental sealants and screenings to more than 8,000 students annually. To date, the mobile dental vans and the dental sealant program have provided $13 million in preventive oral health services for children since 2009.
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital has the state’s only level IV NICU. In 2016, ACH announced the creation of the ACH Nursery Alliance to collaborate with hospitals around the state to provide infants the care they need close to home. Since the program’s inception, the ACH Nursery Alliance has established partnerships with Conway Regional in Conway, CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs, Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado and Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett.
  • In 2016, Arkansas Children’s established the David M. Clark Center for Safe and Healthy Children, a place dedicated to the care and treatment of neglected and abused children and their families. The Center is a single, safe place for children to receive medical, psychological and social health services and provides support by providing outpatient medical evaluations for children at the Rice Medical Clinic, Family Treatment Program and Team for Children at Risk.
  • In 2017, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Southwest Little Rock Clinic opened. Staffed with bilingual physicians and nurses, the clinic provides general pediatric and preventative care to families in the region. Arkansas Children’s Hospital clinics in Jonesboro and West Little Rock also provide pediatric care to children in the state.
  • In 2018, Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) became one of the nation’s newest children’s hospitals. Located in Springdale, ACNW provides care for more than 20 subspecialty areas, has a general pediatric clinic, and is the region’s only pediatric emergency department. More than 14,000 philanthropic gifts totaling $81 million were made to support the building of ACNW.

About Arkansas Children’s

Arkansas Children's, Inc. is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' 710,000 children, giving the organization a unique ability to shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas and transform child health throughout the region. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Additionally, ACH is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in five pediatric subspecialties (2019-20): Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, opened in Springdale in early 2018. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering more than 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can fundamentally transform the health of children in Arkansas and beyond. To learn more, visit archildrens.org.

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