The Whitaker Family Foundation has made a $1 million gift to Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The Springdale facility will make available pediatric inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to more than 200,000 children in the Northwest Arkansas region. This gift brings the ACH Foundation’s Care Close to Home capital campaign total to $68 million and closer to the $70 million goal.
“The Whitaker Family Foundation has been blessed with opportunities to invest in our community,” said Christian Gunn-Schinker, executive director of the Whitaker Family Foundation. “Pauline Whitaker, the matriarch of the family foundation, established the foundation’s focus on children’s healthcare and education and is proud to support Arkansas Children’s Northwest and the vital services the new hospital will provide to families in the region.”
The Whitaker Family Foundation is dedicated to raising public awareness and creating funding to support medical and scientific research into the causes of and cures for children diagnosed with chronic or serious medical conditions. The foundation funds medical research and clinical research trials in the areas of children’s health, wellness and disease prevention.
“The Whitaker Family Foundation is a dedicated champion for children,” said Fred Scarborough, chief development officer for Arkansas Children’s and president of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. “This investment in Arkansas Children’s Northwest will support children for generations to come. We are grateful to the Whitaker family for joining our caring community as we work to fundamentally transform children’s health in our state.”
The hospital is slated to open early next month.