New Children's Hospital Looks to Improve Child Healthcare in Northwest Arkansas

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- -  Arkansas may sit close to the bottom of the list when it comes to children's health, but the Arkansas Children's Northwest Hospital will soon be the solution.
 
Construction is still underway, but the celebration is already being started this weekend. 
 
Evan lee was diagnosed with Spina Bifida.
 
For the past decade, his family had to drive to Little Rock for treatments and surgeries. 
 
That is -- until now. 
 
The Arkansas Children's Northwest Hospital will open in January and kids across NWA will finally have access to a medical center close to home.
 
"I think it's going to be cool because it's care close to home and it will just be closet for the people that live in this part of the state," Arkansas Children's Hospital Patient Evan Lee said.
 
With 200,000 children living in our area, ACN's President and CEO hopes a closer hospital will add less stress to the patient and their families during the treatment process. 
 
"There are a couple of thousand kids that live in this part of the state," President and CEO, Northwest Arkansas Children's Hospital Marcy Doderer said. "They deserve to have that facility close to home. They deserve to have pediatric care where they live and where they learn and where they play and now have to drive to Little Rock. "
 
ACN will also add jobs to the community and it's already started their hiring process.
 
Through the fundraising process, Arkansas Children's Northwest is grateful for the community's effort to make this building possible.
 
"Yes, we want to give exceptional care to those kids that are sick and injured that come to our facilities for care but we also want to be a community partner to see how we change the trajectory of health and safety of the kids in our state," Doderer said.
 
Several members of the KWNA team will help Arkansas Children's Northwest secure even more funding this evening.
 
The "Color of Hope" Gala takes place at the John "Q" Hammons Center.  
 
Last year's event raised more than one-million dollars for ACN.
 
 
 
 

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