JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The second annual Day of the Derby event benefitted the local Arkansas Children’s Hospital clinic, with all proceeds going to the organization.
The Kentucky Derby races gave Kim and Chris Fowler an idea to host the event each year.
Last year, the event raised $53,000 and this year, the family hopes to raise $100,000 for the hospital.
ACH Foundation Board Member Kim Fowler said the event has one goal in mind.
“This is benefiting the kids because they get to stay closer to home for their care and for their services we’re offering here in Jonesboro,” Fowler said.
Jonesboro’s Children’s Hospital clinic has saved families time and money.
Since opening in 2012, the ACH Jonesboro Clinic has experienced a 60% increase in patient volume.
“It saves over 700,000 minutes of drive time for patients and families to and from Little Rock,” Fowler said.
Fowler said the hospital’s work has impacted those closest to her.
“We have a personal friend who had a child a couple of years ago,” Fowler said. “They thought she had a heart condition. They were going to send her to Children’s in Little Rock and the pediatrician said, ‘No, I can send you to the clinic right here in Jonesboro,’ and so she was able to go here and get the care that she needed.”
During the Day of the Derby celebration Saturday, Arkansas Children’s Hospital announced some big news for the Jonesboro clinic, now officially known as the Kim and Chris Fowler Center.
The Fowler’s have donated over $1.5 million in support of Arkansas Children’s and the Jonesboro clinic, which is currently under expansion.
The Fowler’s said the clinic’s new name came as a surprise, and they’re thankful to have the chance to help in the clinic’s growth.
“The employees and the physicians of Children’s give so much back to us, and yes they get paid but they give far beyond that, and for us to be able to give back to them and give more and more is just a payback, it’s a pay forward,” said Chris Fowler.
The renovations on the Jonesboro clinic are expected to finish up in July.
The clinic will have nearly double the space, include the addition of a full-time pediatric cardiologist and full-time pediatric audiologist, as well as additional diagnostic, subspecialty and ancillary services.