Robin and Gary George to fund chapel with $1 million gift to Arkansas Children’s Northwest

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Robin and Gary George of Springdale have made an additional gift of $1 million to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The George Family donated the land for the new hospital one year ago.

The chapel in the new hospital will be named the Robin George Chapel in recognition of her long-time involvement with the Pastoral Care program at Arkansas Children’s and in honor the couple’s continued generosity.

This raises the tally of Northwest Arkansas family gifts toward the construction phase to $30.5 million. The construction price tag for the 233,613-square-foot specialty hospital is an estimated $160 million, of which about $85 million will come from revenue bonds. The hospital foundation will announce its fundraising campaign at the upcoming Gala of Hope on Aug. 5 in Rogers.

“Our family is grateful to Arkansas Children’s Hospital for the care our children and grandchildren have received. We are so pleased our support of Arkansas Children’s Northwest will provide care close to home for families in the region,” says Robin George. “We hope the chapel at Arkansas Children’s Northwest will provide comfort, strength and be a peaceful place for families during times of need.”

Robin and Gary George are longtime friends and advocates for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Robin served on the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation Board since 2002. Shortly after her term began, she worked with the Pastoral Care Department to create a prayer list for patients at ACH. Today, that list is emailed to more than 1,000 people who pray weekly for the children whose parents or caregivers have placed them on the list.

“The George family has a personal history with ACH and is deeply invested in making children better today and healthier tomorrow,” said Fred Scarborough, chief development officer for Arkansas Children’s Inc. “The George and Evans family gift of 37 acres in Springdale allowed us to take the first step in building Arkansas Children’s Northwest. With this latest gift, they are championing an essential element of providing a full spectrum of care close to home for the children in this region.”