Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s, announced today that Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic will expand pediatric subspecialty care.

Arkansas Children’s Foundation Board member Kim Fowler and her husband Chris Fowler, President of Fowler Foods, Inc. donated $750,000 to Arkansas Children’s Foundation. The funds were used to purchase the building that houses the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic located at 520 Carson Street in Jonesboro. In 2015, Kim and Chris Fowler gave $250,000 to create the Fowler Diagnostic Center bringing their cumulative total giving to $1 million in support of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic.

“Serving the children of Arkansas is a top priority for our family,” said Kim. “By donating the funds to support the purchase of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic, we know we’ve made a positive investment for future generations as well as provide greater access to specialized pediatric healthcare for children in the region.”

Northeast Arkansas has the third largest concentration of children in the state with approximately 36 children per square mile. More than 99,000 children live in the Northeast Arkansas region with 1 in 5 children living in poverty. Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic saves approximately 700,000 minutes of patient travel time to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock each year.

Over the last two years, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic has experienced more than 5,000 patient visits.

Kim and Chris Fowler have been longtime supporters of Arkansas Children’s,” said Fred Scarborough, president of Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “This strategic gift will allow Arkansas Children’s to better serve patients and families in the Northeast Arkansas region and alleviate barriers so that families may receive care close to home.”

Since the opening of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic in 2012, the clinic has experienced a 60 percent increase in the volume of patient visits.

The expansion of services will include a second full-time specialist as well as a pediatric audiologist based in Jonesboro and additional diagnostic and ancillary services such as lab, audiology and respiratory testing will be provided through the Fowler Diagnostic Center. The clinic expansion will also include space for speech, physical and occupational therapy.

Existing services in the Jonesboro Clinic include a full-time pediatric neurologist, led by Dr. Stephen Bates, as well as pediatric care for urology, cardiology, neurology, genetics, infectious disease, ear, nose and throat and more.  

The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic will undergo a renovation to the 8,000 sq. feet facility and the system will partner with community organizations to address additional pediatric healthcare needs in the region.

About Arkansas Children’s

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 of the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in cardiology/heart surgery, neurology/neurosurgery, nephrology and pulmonology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest 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