J.B. Hunt, with headquarters in Lowell, Ark., is giving $5 million to the Arkansas Children’s Northwest construction project. The gift will help transform healthcare in the region by bringing expert pediatric care close to home for more than 200,000 children.
“For more than 50 years, J.B. Hunt has believed in the importance of reinvesting in communities,” said John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt. “The construction of a children’s hospital in this community is a historic and necessary next step for the advancement of pediatric healthcare in the region. J.B. Hunt understands the impact a thriving children’s hospital in Northwest Arkansas will have on the children of this region. We are proud to step forward as a champion for children.”
In August 2015, Arkansas Children’s Hospital announced plans to build a freestanding children’s hospital in Springdale, Ark., on land donated by Robin and Gary George, Cathy and David Evans, and their families. Current plans for Arkansas Children’s Northwest include a 233,613-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with 24 inpatient beds, a 30-bed emergency department and urgent care exam rooms, 30 clinic exam rooms, five operating rooms, and diagnostic services. The 37-acre campus will also include walking trails, gardens, and a helipad and refueling station.
“The significance of this gift is profound ─ it underscores three decades of history J.B. Hunt has with Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well as its tireless commitment to ensuring Northwest Arkansas continues to be one of our nation’s most flourishing communities,” says Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital.