The new Arkansas Children’s Northwest hospital is slated to open this month, with outpatient services starting tomorrow. The 24-bed hospital will be off I-49 in Springdale between Don Tyson Parkway and Highway 412, the first and only children’s hospital in the region. It will include an emergency department and five operating rooms. Arkansas Children’s Hospital predicts that the 233,613-square-feet facility will provide care for more than 200,000 children.
Pediatric subspecialists and therapists will begin seeing patients on Tuesday. According to ACH, “Due to a tiered-approach to state licensing and certifications, the Emergency Department and inpatient unit will open to the public in the coming weeks.”
On Tuesday, January 9, pediatric subspecialists and therapists will begin seeing patients in The Pat & Willard Walker Family Outpatient Clinics on the third floor of the facility. Due to a tiered-approach to state licensing and certifications, the Emergency Department and inpatient unit will open to the public in the coming weeks.
At a celebration on Friday night hosted by ACH at the new facility, Mandy Macke, associate director and secretary for the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, announced a gift of $8 million.
From the ACH press release:
Central to the architecture of Arkansas Children’s Northwest is a brightly lit stairwell spanning the height of the building. “Tonight, it’s my honor to light and name this tower the Pat Walker Beacon of Hope,” said Mandy Macke, associate director and secretary for the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation. “May it lead the way for every child and every family who needs Arkansas Children’s Northwest.”
“The Walker name is synonymous with hope and generosity in Arkansas,” said Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s. “This incredible philanthropic investment will help fundamentally improve children’s health for generations to come. We are deeply thankful.
“With this generous gift, I’m pleased to announce that in just two years, we have raised $80 million for the capital project, the people and the programs at Arkansas Children’s Northwest,” continued Doderer. “This represents more than 14,000 capital gifts, planned gifts, cash and pledged commitments from more than 8,000 Arkansans. We are humbled and grateful to our friends and investors who have stepped forward with transformational support to improve children’s health.” …
“Of course, the real winners tonight are the children and families of Northwest Arkansas,” said Fred Scarborough, chief development officer for Arkansas Children’s and president of Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “For the first time, families in this region will have expert pediatric care close to home as part of a statewide network of care designed to reach more children where they live, learn and play.”
Via the Arkansas Children’s Twitter page, here’s a picture of the lit tower:
Tonight, we lit the Pat Walker Beacon of Hope at Arkansas Children’s Northwest in honor of an $8 million culminating campaign gift from the Willard & Pat Walker Family Foundation. May it light the way for all families who need pediatric #CareCloseToHome #ACNWLightsTheWay pic.twitter.com/Qu5l2BWNYg
— Arkansas Children's (@archildrens) January 7, 2018
In addition to the “Beacon of Hope,” two other facilities will bear the Walkers’ name:
Willard Walker Helipad, supporting the highly trained Angel One Transport Team, which transports approximately 350 critically ill and injured children from the 11-county area to Arkansas Children’s Hospital every year.
Pat & Willard Walker Family Outpatient Clinics located on the 3rd floor, providing more than 15 pediatric subspecialties.