(Little Rock) May 23, 2018 – Arkansas Children’s Foundation recently received a $1 million gift to Arkansas Children’s Hospital from the estate of Linda Garner Riggs. Dr. Lamar and Linda Garner Riggs’ generosity will be celebrated in the Burn Unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. While the gift is one of the largest unrestricted gifts made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, it will be used to support the greatest need by continuing to advance the mission of championing children by reaching more children in more ways where they live, learn and play. 

“Linda’s passion for kids was palpable,” said Dr. Lamar Riggs. “She held a special place in her heart for the children at Arkansas Children’s Hospital who needed life-saving care, particularly those receiving critical care in the Burn Unit. Honoring her in the Burn Unit at ACH is so meaningful for our family.”

The Burn Unit at Arkansas Children’s is the only burn specialty center in Arkansas, treating adult and pediatric burn injuries.

“Mrs. Riggs had a deep compassion for children and for her community,” said Fred Scarborough, chief development officer for Arkansas Children’s and president of Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “Arkansas Children’s is grateful for the support of the Riggs family and their gift will champion the highest and best purpose for the children in our 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 www.archildrens.org.