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Walmart and Walmart Foundation Donate $8 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest

05.09.2016

Transformational gift will bring care close to home for more than 200,000 children

Walmart and Walmart Foundation Donate $8 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest(Springdale, AR) – Walmart and Walmart Foundation are giving $8 million to the Arkansas Children's Northwest construction project. The gift— one of the largest ever made to health care by Walmart or Walmart Foundation—will help bring expert pediatric care close to home for the more than 200,000 children who live in Northwest Arkansas.

"We are proud to be investing in the health and wellness of families and children in Northwest Arkansas," said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer at Walmart and president of the Walmart Foundation. "Walmart is committed to strengthening the local communities in which we operate, and having a children's hospital in this region is a huge step forward."

In August 2015, Arkansas Children's Hospital announced plans to build a freestanding children's hospital in Springdale, Ark., on land donated by Robin and Gary George, Cathy and David Evans and their families. 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 transformational gift to Arkansas Children's Northwest will help us fulfill our mission to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow," said Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital. "We are extremely grateful to Walmart and Walmart Foundation for this historic gift and their ongoing support."

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In 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind donations. The Walmart Foundation meets the needs of the under-served by directing charitable giving towards three areas of focus: opportunity, sustainability and community.

This $8 million gift toward the construction project is above and beyond the money raised for Arkansas Children's through Walmart's annual in-store campaigns in conjunction with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Walmart and Sam's Club associates in Arkansas help raise more than $1 million every year in support of the people, programs and places of Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Arkansas Children's Northwest is being designed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Fayetteville and Little Rock, Ark., and FKP Architects of Houston, Texas. 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 state.

About Arkansas Children's Hospital

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 is currently licensed for 359 beds. The hospital has a staff of a staff of 505 physicians, more than 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 archildrens.org/northwest.

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