Central States Manufacturing Gives Holiday Gift of $250,000 to Arkansas Children’s Northwest


(Springdale, AR) December 30, 2016, - 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).


Founded in 1988, Central States Manufacturing, Inc. is an employee-owned company, which serves over 2,000 post frame, commercial, residential, and architectural customers in the United States.


“Central States Manufacturing takes pride in being employee owned and focused on our community,” says Jim Sliker, Chief Executive Officer. “It’s part of our mission to serve the communities where we live and work by giving back a portion of our time, talents and profits. We are proud to be a part of building care close to home.”


“We are grateful to Central States Manufacturing for their generous support of Arkansas Children’s Northwest,” says Fred Scarborough, chief development officer of Arkansas Children’s.  “When members of our business community step forward, it’s a win for the children of Arkansas.”


The $250,000 gift from Central States Manufacturing was used during November and December as a match gift to encourage others to give during the holiday season. For every $1 given, $1 will benefit ACNW, up to $250,000.


When it opens in January 2018, Arkansas Children’s Northwest 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 donated by Robin and Gary George, Cathy and David Evans and their families -- a gift valued at $7.5 million. 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 plan to transform the health of children in Arkansas by expanding access to pediatric services across the region.


There’s still time to make a year-end gift to benefit sick children during the holiday season. Visit or by call 800-880-7491 to make a gift to Arkansas Children’s. Until no child needs Arkansas Children’s, we need you.


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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