The CHI St. Vincent Foundation received a $500,000 gift from Margaret Clark to support the construction of a new CHI St. Vincent Education and Research Center. Clark, a patient of Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI) program director and surgeon Dr. Ali Krisht, is making the gift to Krisht, who saved her life nearly 12 years ago after she was diagnosed with a serious neurological condition.
CHI St. Vincent said the foundation gift will support the institute’s mission to improve treatment outcomes and discover ground breaking advancements in the field of neuroscience.
“The innovative work that Dr. Ali Krisht and his team at the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute are leading means so much for our city, the state and the field as a whole,” said Clark, who describes the donation as a gift from a grateful patient. “It’s been a true honor to partner with CHI St. Vincent on building the new education and research center and now to help support the incredible and life-saving work that takes place there.”
Clark is the Vice President of Clark Contractors, LLC, which has partnered with CHI St. Vincent to build the new Education and Research Center in Sherwood. She and her late-husband William Clark, who served on the CHI St. Vincent Board of Directors, have had a long-standing relationship with the hospital as major gifts donors.
“This donation will help ensure our ministry’s vision for ANI and that its leading role in the field of neuroscience becomes a reality,” said Chad Aduddell, CHI St. Vincent’s CEO. “We look forward to opening the doors of the institute’s new home this Spring and moving the field of neuroscience forward for Arkansas and the world.”
In 2016, CHI St. Vincent announced plans to build the new Education and Research Center along with significant renovations to CHI St. Vincent North to support the institute’s mission and provide state-of-the-art facilities to ANI’s neurosurgery team.