Karen and Darren Horton Donate $1 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest


(Springdale) July 25 – Grateful grandparents Karen and Darren Horton of Northwest Arkansas are giving $1 million to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest.

The Horton’s grandson, Brayden Wiley, was born with a life-threatening heart condition. When he was only a few days old, an Angel One helicopter flew him to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where he spent five weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Today, he is a healthy, thriving 7 year old.

“When a place like Arkansas Children’s Hospital treats you so well in such a dire situation, you can’t help but love them back,” says Karen. “We want to make the burden of having a child in the hospital easier on other parents and grandparents. We’ve been blessed, so it’s our responsibility to give back to others.”

“When we heard that there are 200,000 kids in the region who will benefit from having care close to home at Arkansas Children’s Northwest, we realized this was something we wanted to support,” says Darren. “This local children’s hospital will make a big difference for so many families. We hope our participation will inspire others to join the efforts to get this hospital built.”

Darren Horton is Chief Executive Officer of Premier Concepts, which provides nationwide sales, analytics and merchandising services to the region’s vendor community. Karen and Darren own Horton Farms at Dry Creek, an event and retreat center located 10 miles outside of Bentonville.

“The Horton Family has been long-time supporters of Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” says Fred Scarborough, President of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation.  “This act of generosity is a testament to the Horton’s care and concern for children. We are grateful for their continued support and are thankful they are part of the caring community that is working to build care close to home for children in the region.”

In August 2015, Arkansas Children’s Hospital announced plans to build a freestanding children’s hospital in Springdale, Ark. 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. This gift brings the announced total raised by the Northwest Arkansas community for the construction of ACNW to $29.5 million.

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



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