(Springdale) January 5 – Local business leader Sam Mathias has given $700,000 to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. 

“I’m honored to join a caring community of donors who are putting children first,” said Sam Mathias, owner of Mathias Properties and Today’s Bank. “As a business owner in this community, I’m proud to support the children of Arkansas through Arkansas Children’s Northwest.”

Mathias began his first commercial real estate venture more than 30 years ago. He’s an active community advocate who has championed the northwest Arkansas region for decades. More than two decades ago, his granddaughter received care from ACH shortly after she was born. Sam understands and values the critical role of a children’s hospital.   

“Arkansas Children’s is grateful to Sam for his commitment to the children of Arkansas,” says Fred Scarborough, chief development officer of Arkansas Children’s and president of Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “His endorsement of the region’s first and only children’s hospital is a testament to his care and concern for his community.”

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 be the first and only children’s hospital in the region. The facility will provide right‐sized pediatric inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to more than 200,000 children in the Northwest Arkansas 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.