J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Give $1 Million to CARE CLOSE TO HOME: The Campaign for Arkansas Children’s Northwest


(Rogers) September 26, 2016 – 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.


“Every child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential,” said Mrs. Hunt, co-founder of J.B. Hunt Transport Services and chairman of Hunt Ventures. “Arkansas Children’s is a gift and will transform the care we are able to provide to the children of Springdale and the region.”


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. Located on the garden level, the dining area will provide a place for patient families, staff and visitors to gather for meals. The space is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows to let in natural light and provide views of the campus gardens and outdoor spaces.


“The Caring Community continues to step forward boldly in support of the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest,” said Fred Scarborough, president of Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “The J.B. and Johnelle Hunt family are champions for children. We are grateful for the family’s continued support as we bring care close to home to more than 200,000 children in the region.”  


On August 5, Arkansas Children’s announced a public campaign to raise $70 million for the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. This gift is being celebrated as part of the previously announced $53 million pledged by the Northwest Arkansas community.


When it opens in January 2018, the 233,613 square-foot hospital will be the region’s first and only comprehensive pediatric healthcare center and will include:

  • 24 inpatient beds to care for children requiring overnight stays
  • 24-hour pediatric Emergency Department
  • Pediatric surgery unit with 5 operating rooms
  • An outpatient clinic with 30 exam rooms supporting more than 20 subspecialty areas and a general pediatric clinic
  • A full range of ancillary and diagnostic services, child-life and pastoral care
  • Outdoor gardens, nature trails, and interactive features designed for children
  • 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.


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. The campus is centrally located on I-49 between Don Tyson Parkway and Highway 412, across from Arvest Ballpark. The project is expected to cost $427.7 million in construction, technology, equipment, and operating expenses over the next five years, and will create 250 new jobs.


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 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.


About Arkansas Children’s

Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The system includes a 359-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally-recognized transport service. It is one the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in pulmonology and neonatal care. A sister campus is under development in Northwest Arkansas and will bring 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services to children in that corner of the state. A private nonprofit, Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research and is committed to providing every child with access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. Founded as an orphanage, Arkansas Children’s has championed children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow for more than 100 years. For more info, visit


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