Arkansas Children’s Hospital Close to Home

Grand Opening of Children’s Hospital is Convenient for Springdale Residents

The Springdale community is excited about the new opening of the first pediatric hospital in Northwest Arkansas. Other than the Springdale community waiting for the hospital to open, medical students wait for the opportunity to experience a pediatric hospital in close distance. Arkansas Children’s also offers a job shadowing program for high school students and adults. Students are able to shadow a health care worker and experience a hospital setting.

It includes clinics, labs, 24 inpatient beds, a helipad and several operating rooms. Arkansas Children’s in Little Rock remains the primary children’s hospital for complex procedures. Patients will be transferred to Little Rock for major treatments, but

Springdale’s would also handle different and complex procedures.

“A lot of the times people can’t afford to travel and stay in Little Rock and it risks that fact that they have to be gone and away from home in Northwest Arkansas.” says senior Kylie Thompson.

Multiple donations to the hospital have come from Tyson, Walmart, J.B Hunt, Evans the George families of George Inc., and the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation. Har-Ber’s Key club is raising money by selling hot chocolate in the morning for the Children’s Hospital.

“We wanted to initiate an original service project during the winter months, and we decided that there’s nothing better than hot chocolate in cold weather.” said Key club member, Kenna Ebert.

Other ways to help support the community and the hospital itself is to become a volunteer and help patients and doctors by cleaning, working in the gift shop, donating toys for kids and other assignments. The hospital is set to fully open in mid-February for outpatient services, the emergency department and inpatient services. Whether it’s to gain medical experience or to help volunteer, Har-Ber students are excited and eager for the full opening of the hospital.