(Springdale) December 5, 2016 – Black Hills Energy has made a $100,000 commitment to Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) through its corporate foundation to invest in building pediatric care close to home in Northwest Arkansas.

Black Hills Corporation Foundation is the charitable arm of Black Hills Energy, a gas company headquartered in South Dakota. Black Hills entered Northwest Arkansas in February, after acquiring SourceGas. It supplies natural gas to 160,000 customers statewide, 100,000 of which are in the Northwest Arkansas area.

“We are fully committed to being a good corporate partner in Northwest Arkansas and we are proud to support this project, which will provide so many new health opportunities for children in the region,” said Todd Jacobs, Vice President of Arkansas Gas Operations at Black Hills Energy. “Investing in ways to enhance our community – both through our business and through our corporate giving – is a strategic priority for Black Hills Energy and a responsibility we embrace.”

On August 5, Arkansas Children’s announced a public campaign to raise $70 million for the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest.

“On behalf of the 200,000 children that will be served by Arkansas Children’s Northwest, we say thank you to the entire Black Hills Energy team.” says Fred Scarborough, President of Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “Their corporate leadership is inspiring.”

When it opens in January 2018, the 233,613 square-foot hospital will be the region’s first and only comprehensive pediatric healthcare center. The campus is centrally located on I-49 between Don Tyson Parkway and Highway 412, across from Arvest Ballpark. Arkansas Children’s Northwest 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.

About Arkansas Children’s, Inc.

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. Arkansas Children’s also blankets the state with outreach programs that include telemedicine, mobile health, and school-based health solutions. 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.