LITTLE ROCK, AR. (July 9, 2024) – The East North Street Foundation, co-founded and operated by David Hendrix and Doug Hendrix, has generously donated one million dollars to Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) in support of the hospital’s $235.2 million expansion project.

Arkansas Children's is building a new generation of care with a plan that will expand bed capacity and transform inpatient and outpatient surgical approaches at ACH with the addition of an ambulatory surgery center. The plan for the Little Rock campus will also redesign clinical spaces to promote multidisciplinary care, and create an inviting and accessible campus experience.

“This generous investment will have a lasting impact on the hospital's ability to provide cutting-edge pediatric care and improve the overall well-being of our young patients and their families,” said Marcy Doderer, FACHE, president and CEO of Arkansas Children's. “Pediatric health needs are more complex than ever before, and we are committed to the highest levels of access and health care quality for the children across Arkansas and the region.”

The family foundation has strong ties to Arkansas and is a long-time supporter of Arkansas Children’s. The Hendrix brothers shared their appreciation for the opportunity to support the hospital and contribute to the growth of the local community.

"This partnership with Arkansas Children's Hospital is a profound honor for us,” said David Hendrix. “Contributing to the hospital's expansion project is not only an investment in advanced medical care but also a commitment to building a brighter, healthier future for families across Arkansas.”

Phase one of construction on the ACH and ACNW campuses began earlier this year and is scheduled to be completed in 2026.

“We are so encouraged by and grateful for this investment in child health from the East North Street Foundation,” said Fred Scarborough, executive vice president and chief development officer of Arkansas Children’s. “At Arkansas Children’s, philanthropy drives new levels of excellence. The Hendrix family has long understood the enhanced value their support offers to the children of Arkansas.”

From its founding as an orphanage in 1912 to becoming a nationally acclaimed health care system, Arkansas Children’s has remained steadfast in its commitment to being a champion for children. To learn more about the expansion, visit To support Arkansas Children's growth, visit or call 800-880-7491 today. 


Arkansas Children's is the only health care system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' 850,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Arkansas Children’s is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in seven pediatric subspecialties (2023-2024): Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology & Lung Surgery and Urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the northwest Arkansas region, is a level IV pediatric trauma center. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can deliver on its promise of unprecedented child health. To learn more, visit