JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Children's Hospital Jonesboro Clinic will expand pediatric sub specialty care, thanks to a donation from a Jonesboro family.
Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children's, announced Thursday that Arkansas Children's Foundation Board member Kim Fowler and her husband Chris Fowler, president of Fowler Foods, Inc. donated $750,000 to Arkansas Children's Foundation.
The donation was used to purchase the building that houses the Arkansas Children's Hospital Jonesboro Clinic located at 520 Carson Street in Jonesboro.
This is the second donation from the Fowlers. In 2015, Kim and Chris Fowler gave $250,000 to create the Fowler Diagnostic Center bringing their cumulative total giving to $1 million in support of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Jonesboro Clinic.
"Serving the children of Arkansas is a top priority for our family," said Kim. "By donating the funds to support the purchase of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Jonesboro Clinic, we know we've made a positive investment for future generations as well as provide greater access to specialized pediatric healthcare for children in the region."
In a press release, ACH reported that Northeast Arkansas has the third largest concentration of children in the state with approximately 36 children per square mile.
More than 99,000 children live in the Northeast Arkansas region with 1 in 5 children living in poverty.
Arkansas Children's Hospital Jonesboro Clinic saves approximately 700,000 minutes of patient travel time to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock each year.
ACH says that over the last two years, they've had more than 5,000 patient visits.
"Kim and Chris Fowler have been longtime supporters of Arkansas Children's," said Fred Scarborough, president of Arkansas Children's Foundation. "This strategic gift will allow Arkansas Children's to better serve patients and families in the Northeast Arkansas region and alleviate barriers so that families may receive care close to home."
The expansion includes a second full-time specialist as well as a pediatric audiologist based in Jonesboro and additional diagnostic and ancillary services such as lab, audiology and respiratory testing will be provided through the Fowler Diagnostic Center.
The expansion will also allow for space for a speech, physical and occupational therapy.
Existing services in the Jonesboro Clinic include a full-time pediatric neurologist, led by Dr. Stephen Bates, as well as pediatric care for urology, cardiology, neurology, genetics, infectious disease, ear, nose and throat and more.
The Arkansas Children's Hospital Jonesboro Clinic will undergo a renovation to the 8,000 sq. feet facility and the system will partner with community organizations to address additional pediatric healthcare needs in the region.