(Harrison, AR) December 29 - Stephen Lair and Steve Turner, co-owners of Petromark Oil, recently announced a $250,000 gift to Arkansas Children’s Northwest.

“Petromark is dedicated to excellence and innovation. As such, we believe a gift to Arkansas Children’s Northwest is a worthy investment,” says Turner. “We understand the impact it will have on families in the region, providing quick, easy access to much-needed healthcare for children.”

When it opens in early 2018, Arkansas Children’s Northwest will be the first and only pediatric hospital in the region. The facility will provide right-sized pediatric inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to more than 200,000 children who live in the Northwest Arkansas region.

“Petromark has served communities in Northwest Arkansas for more than 30 years,” says Fred Scarborough, chief development officer of Arkansas Children’s and president of Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “This investment in Arkansas Children’s Northwest is another display of their passion and dedication to this region. We are grateful for their support of our mission to champion children by making children better today and healthier tomorrow.”

This gift brings the total raised during Care Close To Home: The Campaign for Arkansas Children’s Northwest to $67 million.

“Arkansas Children’s Northwest is set to open in less 30 days, and it will take gifts of all sizes to help open the doors,” says Scarborough. As a part of Arkansas Children’s public funding campaign, individuals, groups and businesses are invited to be a part of history and “feather the nest” with a gift of $200, $400 or $600 or more by December 31. Names of donors who make a gift to the campaign will be printed on small, medium or large bird decals (according to size of gift). The decals will be part of an imaginative window display across the lobby windows, welcoming patients and families when the hospital opens in early 2018.

“We encourage every family, church and business to join us for this historic moment for children and families in the region by sponsoring a bird,” says Scarborough. “Your generosity will help provide a happy, healing environment for kids.”

To make your gift and choose your bird, visit giving.archildrens.org/birds or call 479-725-0404.

The Arkansas Children’s Northwest campus is centrally located on I-49 between Don Tyson Parkway, across from Arvest Ballpark. When it opens in early 2018, the facility will include:

  • 24 inpatient beds to care for children requiring overnight stays
  • 24-hour pediatric Emergency Department
  • Pediatric surgery unit with five 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

About Arkansas Children's Inc.

Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only health care 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 336-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, neonatal care, cardiology and heart surgery and urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest Arkansas in Springdale includes 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services. 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. For more info, visit www.archildrens.org.