Summer 2008 - Arkansas Children's Hospital

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Summer 2008 - Arkansas Children's Hospital

FOCUS FOR THE FUTUREThe Four Cornerstones:Being Ready to ServeEvery Child, Every DayA Message from Dr. BatesEvery day for nearly 100 years Arkansas families have turned to ArkansasChildren’s Hospital for the care of children confronting devastating injuriesand the most critical illnesses. However, as ACH nears its centennial anniversaryin 2012, one thing is certain: it is critical that we continue to expandupon our work to maximize the positive impact on the health of our childrenand those to come.Over the last decade, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has grown measurably inexcellence and now ranks among the nation’s best children’s hospitals. But, wemust continue to do more.In order to guide us in the coming years, we have identified four cornerstonesessential to creating a brighter and healthier future for our children.They deserve nothing less – the gift of a happy, healthy childhood leading to ahealthy and productive life as an adult, and in turn a healthy, productiveArkansas.How can we begin to meet the challenges ahead and make a better future?THE FOUR CORNERSTONES:PEDIATRIC CARE – For every child, every dayEvery day, outstanding staff members treat sick and injured children withcompassion and skill. We will enhance and build our capacity to care forchildren with more beds and additional clinics. We continue to take care ofevery Arkansas child regardless of their parent’s inability to pay.RESEARCH – For better means, better treatmentAs the only research center in the state focused on children and their wellbeing,we will continue to study illness and disease in order to discover newpreventions, cures and treatments to improve and enhance the care of children.EDUCATION – For professionals and parentsTo keep pace with the increasing population of children, we need to educatemore of the people who will care for those children of the future – nurses,pharmacists, respiratory therapists and, of course, physicians. In addition,parents, teachers, counselors and health professionals need to have resourcesand knowledge to help families prevent illness, avoid accidents and practicehealthy behaviors.Jonathan Bates, MD, Arkansas Children’sHospital president and CEOPREVENTION – Of Diseases and injuryThrough our own direct services and incollaboration with others, we will employ all the preventionand health promoting strategies possible withthe ultimate goal of stopping diseases and injuriesbefore they can happen.We accept the challengeto change the future.We want a future in which the children ofArkansas have the information and resources to live ahealthy lifestyle – a life without cavities, chicken pox,or the risk of being obese. Our children deserve togrow up discovering and enjoying life, not beingburdened with medical issues and poor health.Arkansas Children’s Hospital is already working tomake this future a reality and with your help we cando even more.Editor’s Note: In order to keep you informed ofplans, progress, needs and major milestonesrelated to the four cornerstones, we will includein each ACHiever issue at least one articlerelated to each of our four focus areas.Look for new headings that will help youidentify these targeted stories.3


PEDIATRIC CARE2008ACH Ambassador4ACH Ambassadors are a group ofcurrent and former ArkansasChildren’s Hospital patientswho are giving hope and inspirationto other patient families, donors andvolunteers by sharing their stories.When 15-year-old Mackenzie Bryant stepped up to thepodium at the Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club Miracle Day celebration earlierthis year, she wowed the people in attendance with her grace andeloquence as she told the crowd about her ACH experience.In early March, Mackenzie and 13 other patients were introducedas 2008-09 ACH Ambassadors. For one year the Ambassadors andtheir families will help tell and share their ACH stories in theircommunities by using their story in printed materials for the hospitaland attending special events and speaking engagements, such as theWal-Mart/Sam’s Club Miracle Day celebration at which Mackenziespoke.The Ambassadors represent the thousands of children treatedannually at ACH and its clinics. A synopsis of each Ambassador’sstory is below. For an expanded version, visit the “Meet theAmbassadors” page in the Foundation section ofwww.archildrens.org.HunterBaughmanHunter Baughman, 21,CabotIn 1987, when Hunter was 9 months old, hisparents noticed him running a high fever. Theybrought him to ACH, where he was diagnosedwith meningococcemia, a severe bacterial infection.Hunter was in the hospital for three months,and over that time, had seven major surgeries,including below-knee amputations of both legs,and amputations of all fingers on his left hand andsome fingers on his right. After being released fromACH, Hunter continued to visit the hospital forphysical and occupational therapy. Hunter is now an adult, attendingcollege at Arkansas State University – Beebe. He is also anaccomplished hunter, angler, athlete and trombone player.MackenzieBryantMackenzie Bryant, 16,ConwayMackenzie was born in 1992, and duringbirth, she aspirated meconium, whichcaused her brain to bleed. Mackenzie wasimmediately transferred to ACH andplaced on extracorporeal membraneoxygenation (ECMO), a heart-lungbypass machine that provided bothcardiac and respiratory support.ECMO was beneficial for Mackenzie andher condition steadily improved. Nine daysafter she was born, doctors informed her parentsthat Mackenzie would live. For the nextthree years, she continued to visit ACH forrespiratory therapy, clinic visits and other check-ups.Mackenzie has suffered no lasting effects from the medicalissues she had as an infant. A lifelong dancer, she plans todance in Broadway productions after her graduation fromConway Christian High School, where she has maintained allAs for the past nine years.Massun Collins, 16, Pine BluffIn 2003, Massun was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, adisease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the lining ofthe rectum and colon. After several years of continuedflare-ups, hospital visits and numerous doctors, Massun wasreferred to ACH in 2007. Having tried other remedies withno success, Massun was told he would need a colectomy,re-routing his small intestine to his anus, rather than his largeintestine. Massun still returns toACH to visit his gastrointestinal doctor,and he also sees his surgeon forpost-operation assessments. Ratherthan 18 pills a day, he now takesonly two. Massun is a praise stepperfor his church and loves toplay the saxophone with his highschool’s band.MassunCollins


Hannah Harris, 10,BentonAll StarsJakeFontenotJakob “Jake” Fontenot, 4,TexarkanaWhen Jake was born, his doctors wereconcerned that he was so pale. Follow-uptests soon diagnosed him with congenitalheart disease, and Jake was immediatelysent to ACH. Once there, doctorsinformed Jake’s parents he had been bornwith seven heart defects. After undergoinghis first surgery at 5 days old, Jake spent severaldays in the cardiovascular intensive care unit(CVICU). He has had additional successfulsurgeries at 5 months and 4 years old. Hisparents describe him as a very active boy, a “scrapper.”HannerHallHanner Hall, 5,Lake CityOne day in 2003, two-year-old Hanner actedsluggish and tired. That night, he beganwheezing while trying to sleep. Concerned,his parents took him to a children’s clinic.As his oxygen levels continued to drop andhis breathing worsened, doctors decided tosend Hanner to ACH. Over the nextfew days, Hanner, who was diagnosedwith staph pneumonia, had four chest tubesplaced in his right lung, and had as many as 15pumps simultaneously supporting him. AsHanner’s condition improved, he began physicaland speech therapy because he had not walked or talked for anentire month. After several check-ups at ACH, Hanner wasreleased by his physicians. Even though he no longer visits thehospital, he does take breathing treatments twice a day in thewinter and speech therapy three times a week. Hanner is now abundle of energy who loves playing soccer and T-ball.Doyou know anACH Ambassador?ACH Ambassador participants are chosen by acommittee at ACH and begin their year of servicein the spring. If you are interested in nominatingyour family or a family you know, please call501-364-1476 or email achfdn@archildrens.orgfor more information.On July 4, 2007, Hannah was excited toride a brand new all-terrain vehicle (ATV).Hannah, being inexperienced, lost controlof the ATV, which flipped and landed ontop of her. When Hannah arrived at ACH,her upper lip was split in half, her nose was broken andshe had several deep lacerations on her face and knees.She had a bruise on her abdomen and was missing herfront two teeth. Emergency room staff immediately repairedHannah’s lip and other lacerations and she had to have a CT scan ofher abdomen to ensure there were no internal injuries. Hannah wasreleased from the hospital two days after her accident. She returnedto ACH the following week to have her broken nose repaired andstill visits for follow-up care. Hannah enjoys dancing, listening tomusic and hanging out with friends.Neelie Hight, 6, RogersHannahHarrisNeelieHightWhen Neelie was 4, she became ill with what herparents thought was a stomach virus. Neelie’s momtook her to the doctor, who ran tests to make sureshe did not have anything more serious. Neelie’sparents received a call the next night from thedoctor, instructing them to get Neelie to ACHimmediately for a blood transfusion. The oxygenlevels in her blood were critically low and sheneeded urgent help. When they arrived at ACH,Neelie received a blood transfusion, and doctorsdiagnosed her with spherocytosis, a geneticdisease of the blood. Because there is no cure forspherocytosis, Neelie’s blood oxygen levels mustbe tested quarterly. If her oxygen levels fall below a certain number,Neelie will have to return to ACH for another transfusion. Neeliedoes not let her illness stop her from being a bubbly and funny girlwho loves to play dress up and make people laugh.Maegan Jo Mackenzie Householder, 3,HarrisburgIn 2004, Maegan was born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate.Maegan’s pediatrician referred her to ACH, wherehundreds of children suffering from cleft lips andpalates receive care and treatment each year.Maegan had her first of five surgeries, to beginrepairing her lip, two months later. To fullyrepair the cleft lip and palate, Maegan willcontinue to have procedures until she is closeto adulthood. Maegan has not let her surgerieskeep her from enjoying life. She is a verybright, happy child who loves being on stageand competing in pageants.MaeganHouseholder5


PEDIATRIC CARE2008ACH AmbassadorsBellaNeedhamIsabella “Bella”Needham, 3,Little RockTen days after Bella was born,her parents noticed she hadwhat seemed like an ongoingcase of the hiccups. Theybrought her to the ACHemergency room, and doctorsinformed them Bella wassuffering from seizures almostcontinuously. Bella was rushed to thepediatric intensive care unit (PICU),where she was stabilized and diagnosedwith bacterial meningitis e.coli, an infection of thebrain. Doctors placed two shunts in her brain to alleviatethe pressure caused by the meningitis. She spent 45 daysat ACH. Over the past few years Bella has visited ACHregularly for clinic visits and shunt revisions. Bella stillhas seizures and occasionally the seizures warrant a tripto the emergency room. Because of the meningitis, shehas a mild case of cerebral palsy. Bella is currently inpreschool, where she receives physical, speech andoccupational therapy. According to her mom, she is asweet, giving girl who loves to read and listen to music.CasonPeoplesCason Peoples, 6,BryantIn 2001, Cason was born a seeminglyhealthy child. The firsthint that Cason might havehearing problems came whilehe was still in the hospital,when he failed a routine hearingscreening. When Casonwas old enough to beginplaying with other children,his parents noticed his speech wasnot developing as it should and theydecided to bring Cason to ACH.After two appointments, the ACHaudiology clinic diagnosed him asprofoundly deaf and fitted him for his first hearing aids.On Cason’s third birthday, he returned to ACH toreceive the hearing aids. Cason received the best gift ofall that year – the gift of hearing. Cason visits ACH oncea week for speech therapy. He will have to wear hearingaids for the rest of his life, but for now, he is enjoyingbeing a healthy boy, who loves to play sports, dance andlisten to music.Nicholas Tedford, 17, CabotIn 1990, Nick had trouble breathing immediately after birthand was placed on a ventilator. After four days in the hospital,Nick was diagnosed with Group B strep, persistent fetalsyndrome and pneumonia, all potentially fatal illnesses. Thetreatment Nick so desperately needed was extracorporealmembrane oxygenation (ECMO), a heart-lung bypassmachine. Nick was the first child transported to ACH onmobile ECMO, when he was transferred on an ArmyReserve helicopter from Tulsa to Little Rock and placed onmobile ECMO during the flight. Once at ACH, Nick remainedon ECMO for eight days. Seventeen years after being on ECMO,Nick has no lasting effects of his illness. He graduated high schoolin May and will start college at University of Central Arkansas in the fall.Rebecca “Becca” Tramell, 2, HarrisonNicholasTedfordIn 2005, Becca was born at a Little Rock hospital. After herbirth, a doctor diagnosed her with Klippel-Trenaunay syndromeBecca(KTS), a rare medical condition in which blood vessels and/or Tramelllymph vessels fail to form properly. Becca was born with one footand one leg larger than the other. She also has portwine stains onher leg and on her back, which are a characterization of KTS.When Becca was 2 months old, her mother brought her toACH. They met with specialists who understand Becca’s rarecondition, who gave them advice and instructions on how toproperly manage Becca’s KTS, which she will have for the restof her life. Due to her foot and leg enlargement, doctors werenot sure Becca would ever be able to walk. Eventually, shebegan walking with a walker and now walks completely unassisted.Becca, who recently began preschool, is a very happy girl with a wonderful attitude.Samuel and Nicholas Woodhouse, 6, RogersFraternal twins Sam and Nick have both been treated at ACH.In 2006, Nick fell out of a golf cart. He was flown immediatelyto ACH, and after arriving in Little Rock, Nick was diagnosedwith an epidural hematoma, which is a build-up of blood inthe brain. He had surgery to repair the hematoma later thatevening, and was released from ACH three days later. Samwas referred to ACH by his pediatrician, after a routinecheck-up revealed some problems. Once at ACH, Samunderwent further testing and was diagnosed with Marfansyndrome, a condition that is characterized by extremeheight, disproportionate limbs, dislocation of the eyelenses and problems with the heart and other blood vessels.Samuel andUnlike Nick’s one-time ACH experience, Sam will continue toNicholasvisit ACH so doctors can monitor his condition. Nick loves Woodhousesports and wants to play football or golf when he grows up.Sam loves to sing, play with his friends and cheer on his favorite NASCAR driver.6


PEDIATRIC CAREBurying Millions in Our BackyardWhat kind of projectcosts $37 million,takes almost four yearsto complete and oncefinished no one willever see? And whywould something this“invisible” be so importantto the present andfuture work of ArkansasChildren’s Hospital to serve sick and injured children?The project in question is an extensive and necessary rebuild andupgrade of the utilities and utility support systems on the ACHcampus.In short, the entire ACH campus, which spans more than 28blocks and has buildings with a total occupied space of more than1.8 million square feet, has outgrown its current utility capacity.Gas, water and sewer lines, boilers, chillers and generators are at fullor somewhat diminished capacity with current operations, and thehospital has major plans to expand in the coming years. The$37 million utilities upgradeproject is critical to supportingcurrent operations andessential for future expansion.“This work has everythingto do with providing the bestpossible care for the childrenwe serve. The team workingon this project has done anamazing job of looking aheadand helping us be ready tomeet the utility and infrastructure needs for the future,” saysDavid Berry, ACH senior vice president and chief operatingofficer. “When this project is complete, we’ll be ready for the nextseveral phases of construction and will provide far newer and morereliable emergency power protection for our patients, families andstaff.”Rather than share all the details of this technical story in words,we thought we’d let you take a look at this very important investmentbefore it literally gets buried.While it may just look like ahuge hole in the ground,this construction is criticalto providing excellent healthcare for children. Oncecompleted, the hole willbecome a concrete box, orvault, which will be the hubfor the main electrical, heatingand air lines coming inand out of buildings on theACH campus.Once the $37 million utilitiesupgrade project on the ACHcampus is completed, thousandsof feet of pipes will have beenput in place to upgrade water,sewer and other critical lines.Detour signs, dump trucks and other heavy equipment are an everydaysight on the ACH campus as crews work to go underground to upgradeutilities then do all the work to get dirt, asphalt, sidewalks and sometimeseven landscaping, back in place.7


RESEARCHThrough the Russellville School District,Madisun White and her mother, Angie,participated in a research projectdesigned to decrease the use of alcoholamong secondary students.Researchers Test Strategies forReducing Alcohol Abuse Among Secondary StudentsThree years ago, ninth-grader Madisun White’s mother, Angie,signed a “parent pledge” promising not to serve alcohol to minors inher home and to contact the parents of a visiting teen who appears tobe intoxicated. Angie was joined by many other parents in theRussellville School District in signing the pledge.“If parents are part of the parent pledge, it shows that they careabout their children and are willing to take steps to ensure their childrendon’t drink,” says Madisun.The parent pledge is just one component of an ACH ResearchInstitute (ACHRI) study in the Russellville School District focusingon prevention and intervention programs involving students, parents,teachers and the community in decreasing the use of alcohol amongsecondary students.Angie, who also happens to be a research assistant on the project,says for parents the pledge means, “call me, and I’ll call you, too.”After the first year, a booklet containing the contact information forparents participating in the pledge was distributed to all parents atparent-teacher conferences in October of the school year, so they hadaccess to a ready network of informed and committed parents.In June, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ServicesAdministration (SAMHSA), an agency of the US Department ofHealth and Human Services, released the results of a survey on underagealcohol use. More than 40 percent of the nation’s estimated 10.8million underage current drinkers (persons aged 12 to 20 who drankin the past 30 days) were provided free alcohol by adults 21 or older.The study also indicates that 1 in 16 underage drinkers were givenalcoholic beverages by their parents in the past month.Mark Edwards,* PhD, a pediatric psychologist and an ACHRIresearcher, has nearly completed the Russellville Alcohol AbuseReduction Project, a 3-year study funded by the US Department ofEducation. The study was conducted in the Russellville SchoolDistrict with the school district and Child Development, Inc. (CDI),a non-profit early childhood provider, as ACHRI’s community partnersin the project.In addition to the parent pledge, components of the projectinclude curriculum development in the areas of behavioral healthand alcohol awareness, licensed therapists in secondary schools,parent education programs, training and certification for areatherapists in counseling for alcohol abuse, and a social marketingcampaign about alcohol abuse among teens.“This is an evaluation of the outcomes of implementing acommunity-based program,” says Dr. Edwards. “We’re notexperimenting with an untried program.” To evaluate theprogram, the research team measures changes in knowledge,attitudes and behaviors about alcohol before and after eachactivity for every student and, when included, every parent.Total results from the program will not be available until afterits full conclusion, but researchers have seen some preliminaryimprovements in attitudes toward alcohol abuse and current use(within past 30 days).“Community-based research into areas like this is the best andtruest way to acquire the data and understanding on issues likealcohol, social behavior and interventions that effect changes inbehavior,” says Dr. Richard Jacobs*, ACHRI president. “Weeagerly anticipate the results of this program’s impact on thechildren and on their families and community.”Because changing social norms takes time, the research teamhopes to work with its partners to reapply for additional fundingto continue their work when the current project ends.*Mark C. Edwards, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist at ACH andprofessor of pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine.*Richard F. Jacobs, MD, is president of ACHRI; Robert H. Fiser, Jr.,MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatrics; and chairman of the departmentof pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine.8


EDUCATIONHere He Is, Our Pride and Joy, thePULSE Center Has a New Baby Boy!It’s a Boy! ACH recently celebrated the “birth” of the newestatric care. The facility boasts state-of-the-art education and trainingaddition to the simulation education team, a 7-pound newbornthrough medical simulation, innovative teaching and assessmentnamed SimNewB. The neonatal simulator will reside at theand the use of standardized patients.Pediatric Understanding and Learning through SimulationThe neonatal simulator accurately represents a full-term babyEducation (PULSE) Center on the ACH campus.boy. SimNewB can be manipulated by computer to act as a limp,SimNewB joins two high-fidelity “siblings” at the PULSEcyanotic newborn with no vital signs, or as a vigorous healthyCenter – teenaged and toddler simulators. The addition of ainfant who moves and cries. The simulator comes with an umbilicusthat can be assessed, cut and even catheterized for IV access.smaller simulator that closely resembles a newborn will help thePULSE Center provide better training for medical personnel“People, even those in healthcare, are afraid of newborns, especiallywhen it comes to emergency situations,” says Mary Cantrell,who treat infants.“Training with the neonatal simulator provides the chance todirector of the PULSE Center. “By working with SimNewB, theserefine a different set of skills due to the physical size differencepeople will be able to get a first-hand look at how to work withand the different techniques used in treating a smaller patient,”newborns, which will increase both their comfort and confidencesays Travis Hill, PULSE Center simulation specialist.levels.”The PULSE Center is among the nation’s first comprehensivesimulation education facilities dedicated entirely to pedi- Continued on page 21Educating Pediatricians Across Arkansas Is Goal of AT&T GrantPermanent teleconferencing capabilities will soon be installed atACH, thanks, in part, to a $25,000 grant from the AT&TFoundation.The new equipment will be used to broadcast Peds PhysicianLearning and Collaborative Education (Peds PLACE), interactive,case-based presentations providing advanced education opportunitiesfor general pediatricians. Peds PLACE is broadcast weekly anddoctors from 25 sites across Arkansas and Tennessee tune in to thevideo broadcast.Once the new equipment is installed later this year, PedsPLACE will move to its permanent home in a newly renovatedclassroom. Making Peds PLACE permanent is not just improvingthings for the children at ACH – it is also helping kids across thestate.“Peds PLACE is a valuable tool for pediatricians across theregion,” says Dr. Whit Hall, chief of staff at ACH. “As we educatemore doctors about pediatric issues, hopefully fewer children willneed to visit Children’s.”This program was also funded through earnings from theFlorence Char Endowed Fund at ACH and the Center forTranslational Neuroscience at UAMS.From left: Ed Drilling, president of AT&T Arkansas, visitswith Dr. Chris Smith, ACH associate hospital medicaldirector, and Dr. Whit Hall, ACH chief of staff, as theyshow off the new technology generously provided by AT&T.9


PREVENTIONAt the official opening of the ACHInjury Prevention Center, theArkansas State Police HighwayPatrol Division used a devicecalled the Convincer to demonstratethe hazards of riding in avehicle without a safety restraint.Teen Driving a KeyFocus of InjuryPrevention CenterThe young age of 16 is one of the most exciting years in a teenager’slife. It also is among the most dangerous. After parents relinquishthe car keys to their teenage driver, approximately 6,000 teensare killed in motor vehicle crashes nationally each year. More than300,000 teens are injured, and that number is growing.The increasing number of deaths involving these novice drivers isseen as a chronic public health issue that many believe warrants amuch higher rank among national health care issues.Teen driving is one of the focus areas of the newly establishedInjury Prevention Center at ACH. In Arkansas, teens are nearlytwice as likely to die behind the wheel as their peers in other states.Nationwide, teens are four times more likely to be involved in amotor vehicle crash than older drivers.“This is a critical problem that needs immediate action,” saysMary Aitken,* MD, medical director of the Injury PreventionCenter. “Every effort we make to educate teen drivers, their passengersand their parents could potentially save a life, or more.”More than 100 teen drivers die yearly in Arkansas and many moreare seriously hurt. With so many teenagers dyingand being injured in car crashes each year, theInjury Prevention Center will develop publicservice announcements and school-based programsabout the many hazards teens face whiledriving.In June, safety advocates from Injury FreeCoalition for Kids® Coalitions at children’s hospitalsin Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana,Massachusetts and Minnesota participated in anational summit on safe teen driving at ACH.During the summit, participants presented the most successfulelements of their teen driving programs and brainstormedsolutions for the weaknesses in their efforts. Findings from thesummit will be presented during a panel discussion at the 2008Injury Free Coalition for Kids conference and will assist theInjury Prevention Center in refining their best practices.The center also conducts research and develops innovativeprograms that are designed to reduce injuries and fatalitiesthrough education and family intervention practices.“We need to reach these new drivers and their families beforethey put those shiny car keys in the ignition,” says Aitken.For more information on teen driving safety or the InjuryPrevention Center, visit www.archildrens.org/injury_prevention.*Mary Aitken, MD, MPH, is medical director of the InjuryPrevention Center, staff physician at ACH and associate professorin the department of pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine.This ad, and a version relatedto summer pool safety, is partof a public service campaigndeveloped by the ACH InjuryPrevention Center.10


HOSPITAL NEWSU.S. News Ranks ArkansasChildren’s Hospital AmongBest Children’s HospitalsNEWLY ELECTED —ACH Foundation BoardArkansas Children’s Hospital ranks24th in U.S. News & World Report’s2008 edition of America’s Best Children’sHospitals, published in the magazine’sJune 9 issue and online atwww.usnews.com/pediatrics. The 2008ranking is the third time in four years thatArkansas Children’s Hospital has been recognizedby U.S. News & World Report for quality inpediatrics. The hospital was ranked in 2005 and in 2006.“We are thrilled with this recognition and celebrate this success withour employees and our physicians who also are faculty at the Universityof Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine,” says Dr.Jonathan Bates, president and CEO of ACH.“This reaffirms that we’re meeting our number one goal of providingquality pediatric care for our patients, as well as the necessary servicesfor their families.”In a further extension of the 2007 pediatric rankings that listed thetop 30 pediatric centers overall, the 2008 America’s Best Children’sHospitals now includes the 30-top ranked hospitals in cancer, digestivedisorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery,respiratory disorders and general pediatrics. Arkansas Children’sHospital ranked 24th among the best hospitals in general pediatricsand 28th in pediatric cardiovascular care and pediatric cardiovascularsurgery.“It is actually surprising that Arkansas Children’s Hospital didn’trank higher, given the outstanding track record of our program,” saysDr. Bates. “As we expand what our hospital is able to offer young heartpatients in the areas of surgical procedures, new technology andcontinuum of care, we’re building a ‘greater good’ for patients in theregion who don’t have access to that kind of care and that’s veryexciting for us.”“Very sick kids need very special care,” says Avery Comarow, who hasbeen editor of the America’s Best Hospitals and America’s Best Children’sHospitals annual rankings since their inception. “The best places forthem are pediatric facilities with a deep pool of expertise in their particularillness. Breaking out key specialties is crucial to help parents andother caregivers find these facilities.”The specialty rankings of this year’s America’s Best Children’sHospitals were based on a new and improved methodology that weigheda three-part blend of reputation, outcome and care-related measuressuch as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing and other factors.A detailed description of the methodology and how eligible facilitieswere chosen can be found online at www.usnews.com/pediatrics.Lisa KirkpatrickFirst Vice President,ACH AuxiliaryLittle RockDoyle “Rog” Rogers, Jr.Vice Chairman,The Doyle Rogers CompanyLittle RockACH ResearchInstitute BoardCharlotte Hobbs, MDDirector, ArkansasCenter for Birth DefectsResearch and PreventionLittle RockKatie RansdellPresident,Committee for the FutureAccounting Supervisor,AlltelBryantPatrick SchueckVice President,Prospect Steel, Inc.Little RockACH BoardClara SimsPresident-Elect,Circle of FriendsHarrison11


HOSPITAL NEWSJacobs Invested inFiser Endowed ChairDr. Richard Jacobs* recently received the honor of beingnamed the inaugural recipient and steward of the Robert H.Fiser, Jr., MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatrics.Dr. Jacobs, who began his partnership with ArkansasChildren’s Hospital in 1982, was invested in the endowedchair during a ceremony held in May. At the ceremony,friends and colleagues of Dr. Jacobs spoke of his passion andhis love for the field of medicine.“Richard Jacobs has worked tirelessly to help faculty memberssucceed and exceed all expectations,” said Dr. GordonSchutze, professor of pediatrics at Baylor College ofMedicine. “He is one of the most motivational speakers Ihave ever heard, and he has the ability to bring excellence outof people.”Pat McClelland, chair of the ACH board of directors,commented on the uniqueness of Dr. Jacobs’ endowed chair.The chair, which was funded by the ACH board, will bebeneficial in providing children across the state with innovative,up-to-date care.Dr. Richard Jacobs and Dr. Robert Fiser, the chair’s namesake,share a smile after the investiture ceremony.The chair was named in honor of Dr. Robert Fiser, who served aschairman of the UAMS department of pediatrics for 20 years, from1975 to 1995. Dr. Jacobs, who worked with Dr. Fiser for several years,says Fiser played a major role in his career development.“There was always passion and there was always understanding fromDr. Fiser,” says Dr. Jacobs. “He is a man with vision and passion, andhe means as much to me as my own father.”*Richard F. Jacobs, MD – For full title, see page 8.Endowed ChairsDr. Richard Jacobs, with the support of wife, Penni,and son, Robert, accepts his medal and chair duringhis investiture ceremony held in May.An endowed chair creates a fund set aside in perpetuitywith the earnings dedicated to the support of the chairholder.Endowed chairs create a designated program and helpwith retention and recruitment of doctors. Currently ACHhas 23 endowed chairs with a priority list of at least 10 morechairs to be funded by 2012.12


HOSPITAL NEWSDr. Eldon Schulz celebrates being an endowed chair recipient with hisfamily including (from left): daughter, Kestin; wife, Margaret; anddaughter, Kari.Dr. Eldon Schulz receives his endowed chair, asBruce Bartley, co-trustee of the WinthropRockefeller Charitable Trust, looks on.Schulz Honored With Rockefeller Endowed ChairDr. Eldon G. Schulz* was recently named the inaugural holder of theRockefeller Chair for Children with Special Healthcare Needs. TheRockefeller Chair was created with a gift of $1 million to the ArkansasChildren’s Hospital Foundation by the Winthrop Rockefeller CharitableTrust.The chair was conferred in an investiture ceremony held June 11. Dr.Schulz’s friends and colleagues commended him during the ceremony,which was held on the ACH campus.“One of Eldon’s favorite sayings is, ‘If we are going to do it, let’s do it100 percent,’ and that’s how Eldon looks at life,” said J. TimothyMcMahon, professor of management at the University of Houston. “Hehelps people, he cares for people, he is a wonderful colleague and a wonderfulfriend.”In his remarks at the ceremony, Dr. Schulz discussed his plans for theRockefeller Chair funds. One problem he will address is the economicissues faced by families with a child with special healthcare needs. Almosta quarter of the families with a child with special needs have to stop orreduce their employment, while paying increased out-of-pocket expenses.This takes a toll on the family, and the divorce rate of these parents inthree years is 80 percent, compared to the national average of 30 percent.“When I make a diagnosis, I am very cognizant of the fact that this willchange this family’s life forever,” said Dr. Schulz.“And one thing I really want to focus on are theserisk factors. A family who has been working, thrivingand fending for themselves can easily end up inpoverty. Somehow we have to break this cycle.”Dr. Schulz, who personally knew the lateLieutenant Governor Win Paul Rockefeller as apatient’s parent, not a legislator, is excited aboutreceiving this honor.“I will be doing my best to steward this gift andI appreciate the Rockefeller Charitable Trustputting this opportunity into my hands,” said Dr.Schulz.*Eldon G. Schulz, MD, is medical director ofACH rehabilitative services, section chief fordevelopmental-behavioral pediatrics andrehabilitative pediatrics and professor in thedepartments of pediatrics and physicalmedicine and rehabilitation, UAMS College ofMedicine.13


DONORSPast Experiences Shape Sissi and Eddie Black’s Giving■ Alyssa AndersonIn 1992, Sissi and Eddie Black, of Bentonville, set up fourcharitable remainder trusts (CRT) – one for themselves andone for each of their three children – with ArkansasChildren’s Hospital as a beneficiary of all four.“We lived in northeast Arkansas at the time weset up the trusts and were very familiar with St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” Eddie begins.“We knew we wanted to do something for a hospitalof that type, and one of our financial advisorsat the Friday Firm in Little Rock suggestedArkansas Children’s Hospital. Of course, we preferredto do something in-state, so that’s why wechose ACH.”“We later took a tour of the hospital, and oncewe did the tour, we knew we had made the rightdecision,” Sissi added.When individuals choose to establish acharitable remainder trust, they irrevocablytransfer money, securities or otherassets to a trust that will then pay“...maybe they willmake enough stridesso that somebody elsewon’t have to gothrough what we’vegone through.”them an income for life or for a period of years. If desired,the trust also can pay an income to another beneficiary of thedonor’s choice. At the death of the surviving beneficiary, theremaining principal in the trust goes to Arkansas Children’sHospital and/or other charitable organizations.Sissi says making the decision to supportArkansas Children’s Hospital with a CRT justmade sense for their family.The decision to support a hospital likeACH also has very personal meaning for theBlacks. In 1985, their 14-year-old son, Steven,was diagnosed with a massive and inoperablebrain tumor called arterio-venous malformation(ATV). Sadly, Steven passed away aftersuffering a stroke in 2001. Although themajority of Steven’s treatment took placeoutside the country and not at ArkansasChildren’s Hospital, the experience has madethe Blacks sensitive to children’s health issues.“Steven had his first stroke in the early 1990s, and at thetime he had his treatment then, they said they had a made alot of progress since the 1980s,” Sissi says. “When he hadtreatments in Switzerland in 1999 and 2000, they had madegreat strides since the early 1990s. And in the future maybethey will make enough strides so that somebody else won’thave to go through what we’ve gone through.”The Blacks have not been back to Arkansas Children’sHospital since their tour in 1992, but they plan to visit thehospital again and bring their two daughters with them.— Sissi BlackDesign Your Own Charitable Remainder TrustYou can design your charitable remainder trust to fityour own special needs. First, you decide how muchyou wish to put into the trust. Second, you determinethe income you would like to receive from the donatedassets. Third, you decide which type of charitableremainder trust will work best for you.Choosing a charitable remainder trust is a little likeshopping for a new car – the right one depends on yourpersonal needs. Luckily, CRTs come in five variations. Wecan help you and your professional advisors decide themethod that will work best for you.For more information, contact Mary Starr Ross at501-364-5308 or rossms@archildrens.org.15


DONORSRemembering Bobby NeillThe ACH Foundation Board recently designated funds to establishthe Bobby J. Neill Endowed Fund in honor of Bobby Neill ofMagnolia, to recognize his service and philanthropic leadership.Neill, who died in November 2007, was a member of theFoundation board for 10 years.“Bobby was just a delightful man and one of our most faithfulFoundation board members,” says Frances Buchanan, member ofThe ACH Foundation board. “He was enthusiastic about anythinghe was asked to do and he shared that enthusiasm and his true lovefor this hospital with everyone.”In addition to his service on the board and his own giving, Neillwas active through the forestry industry with the Log A Load ForKids program.Log A Load is a national program whose chapters raise funds fortheir local children’s hospitals. Neill was an early supporter of theArkansas program, helping get it started and inspiring others tokeep it going. Since the program began in 1993, loggers andmembers of the forestry community have raised more than $3.3million for ACH.“This recognition pays tribute to Bobby’s extraordinary service,”says Buchanan. “We suffered with him through what turned outto be a long illness and we were all touched by his optimism anddignity, and we miss him as a partner in our efforts to helpchildren.”The late Bobby Neill with his wife, Laura, at an ACHevent in 2007.Anonymous Gift to Aid Neurology Services in NWAThe ACH Foundation recently received a gift from ananonymous donor in Northwest Arkansas. The $70,800donation was designated for two projects at the Center forChildren in Lowell.The gift is designated for the purchase of a new EEG(electroencephalogram) machine and renovation related to itsinstallation. The remaining funds will be used to create asubspecialty fund to assist in bringing new clinics to theCenter for Children.An EEG measures and records the electrical activity of thebrain. Certain conditions, such as seizures, can be seen by thechanges in the normal pattern of the brain’s electrical activity.New pediatric neurology services began at the Center in July.“We are grateful for the generous support of thisanonymous donor family and their vision to see pediatricsubspecialty services expand in the fastest growing part ofArkansas,” says John Bel, ACH Foundation president. “Thisis truly a wonderful gift and a great way to welcome pediatricneurology services and other future subspecialties closer tohome for patients and families in Northwest Arkansas.”The Center for Children in Lowell is a collaborationbetween Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University ofArkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Pediatrics. TheCenter currently offers 17 specialty pediatric clinics availableto children in Northwest Arkansas.16


DONORSThe Children’s Circle of Care group from Arkansas poses for a group shot. From left: Leah Greenfield, Jim McClelland, PatMcClelland, Christie Berner, Anne Hickman, Dr. Jonathan Bates, Sally Bates, Sam Richardson, Sara Richardson, PeteAllen, Pat Allen, Charles Nabholz, Charlotte Nabholz, Tip Pugh, Suzanne Pugh, Deane Woodward, Joe Woodward, JudyBel, John Bel and Libby Smith.“Go West”Circle of Care MembersIn June, 18 Arkansas Children’s Hospital supportersheaded westward to celebrate their philanthropyefforts over the past year.While attending the 2008 North AmericanLeadership Conference and Gala Dinner, members ofthe ACH Children’s Circle of Care (CCC) learnedmore about pediatric healthcare, while enjoying thesights and sounds of Denver.Upon arrival in the Mile High City, ACH CCCmembers were treated to dinner at The Capital Grilland an exclusive shopping experience at historicLarimer Square, during which 13 shops offeredred-carpet treatment to CCC members.Founding Sponsors:Costco WholesaleThe Oki FoundationSignature Sponsors:Phipps/McCarthyThe Ponzio FamilyRE/MAX International, Inc.Cille and Ron WilliamsSilver Sponsors:Goldman SachsThe H.N. and Frances C.Berger FoundationThe featured physician speakers at the 2008 Leadership Conference spokeabout issues in children’s healthcare, including eating disorders, heart transplantation,and cutting-edge neurosurgery technology. At the Gala Dinner,attendees were treated to music by American Idol alum Ace Young and theYoung Colorado Symphonia. Following dinner, famed singer Judy Collinsperformed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.Those attending the conference were offered tours of interesting places inDenver, including the Colorado Governor’s Mansion and the newChildren’s Hospital.Children’s Circle of Care is an organization of 24 North Americanchildren’s hospitals created to honor individual philanthropists and encourageincreased giving. In 2007, 133 local Children’s Circle of Care membersgave more than $4 million to ACH and the ACH Research Institute.For more information on Children’s Circle of Care, contact LeahGreenfield at 501-364-1807 or greenfieldlw@archildrens.org.Conferenceattendeeswere treatedto a movingperformanceby theColoradoChildren’sChorale.17


AUXILIARY GROUPSTasty Treats Were the Highlight ofArkansas a la CarteThe rain came pouring down and the support forArkansas Children’s Hospital came pouring in. Nothingcould stop the fun and festivities of Arkansas a la Carte,held in April at Chenal Country Club.More than 350 people attended the event, duringwhich local restaurants and caterers provided samples oftheir best and most creative dishes. Patrons attending thisyear’s event were treated to food prepared by 20 restaurantsand caterers from central Arkansas.Arkansas a la Carte raised $65,000 for ACH, throughticket sales, a silent auction and a first-ever wine auction.Special thanks to all sponsors, including AdvancedTissue, OneBanc, Chenal Country Club, Aflac, Ben E.Keith, Diamond Bear, Riser Ford, Scott Swander and USFood.Auxiliary members gather to celebrate the success ofArkansas a la Carte. From left: Kelly Harbert, event restaurantchair; Debbie Jines, current Auxiliary president;Robin Lockhart, event auction chair; Dale Cook, pastAuxiliary president; and Benni Fambrough, event chair.18A ChenalCountry Clubchef prepares hismasterpieceappetizers for theArkansas a laCarte patrons.Dale Cook, (center) 2007-2008 president of the ACH Auxiliary, presentsthe $700,000 check to (left) Dr. Jonathan Bates, president andCEO of the hospital, and John Bel, president of the ACH Foundation.Auxiliary MembersRaise Record GiftBecause of the time and talents of women across central Arkansas, theACH Auxiliary raised more money in 2007-2008 than ever before. Auxiliaryleaders recently presented Dr. Jonathan Bates, president and CEO of the hospital,with a $700,000 check. The funds were raised through the Auxiliary’smain fundraisers: the Star ACHievers volunteer program, Miracle Ball,Arkansas a la Carte and the Holiday Card project. The Playaway Gift Shop,located in the lobby of the hospital, contributed $210,000 of the Auxiliarydonation.The money raised by the Auxiliary this past year not only completed theACH Auxiliary/Jerry Jones, MD Endowment in Child Maltreatment, it alsobenefited the ACH Research Institute and the Good Mourning, PalliativeCare and Comfort Foods programs.For more information on the ACH Auxiliary, contact Robin Rhoades at501-364-1491 or rhoadesrl@archildrens.org.ACH Receives $236,000 fromCommittee for the FutureOver the past year, Committee for the Future (CFF) raised morethan $236,000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The funds weregenerated through the group’s four main fundraising events:Castaways, the Committee for the Future Golf Classic, Breakfastwith Santa and Phone-A-Thon. The money raised by the organizationwill benefit the ACH Research Institute, the Beads of Courageprogram and the CFF Endowment.Committee for the Future is an organization of young professionalsand community leaders in the central Arkansas area who supportACH. For more information on CFF, contact Heather Cass atcassh@archildrens.org or 501-364-7231.


AUXILIARY GROUPSCome On In!Circle of Friends MembersOfficially Open “Their Clinic”After David Berry, ACH senior vice president and chief operating officer,announced, “Welcome to your clinic,” more than 125 members cheered and shedtears as the Circle of Friends (COF) State Board representatives cut the ribbon toofficially open the doors to the space they had worked tirelessly to support andfund.“This clinic is named in honor of a $1.8 million gift from Circle of Friends andit is a tribute to the power of grassroots fundraising and the synergy of volunteersworking together,” said Berry during remarks at the ceremony. “We are grateful tothe Circle of Friends for this generous contribution that will have an immediateand lasting impact on children and families all over Arkansas.”Outpatient clinics on the ACH campus and in regional clinics throughoutArkansas host almost 250,000 patient visits per year. Clinic space on the ACHcampus has been cramped, with some specialties sharing space, making for longerwait times for non-urgent appointments.The Circle of Friends Clinic opened in October 2007 and will likely see morethan 22,000 patient visits in its first year.Half the space in the Circle of Friends Clinic is used for the primary care continuityclinic and the endocrine and diabetes clinics. The remaining space is usedfor rotating specialty clinics treating children with dermatological conditions,growth and development issues, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia and tuberculosis.“This clinic will be instrumental in reaching out to children from acrossArkansas, which is why we wanted the Circle of Friends name associated with thebuilding,” says Kim Williams, outgoing president of the COF State Board and amember of the Faulkner County chapter. “Improving access to quality health carefor children, no matter where they live, is a priority for Circle of Friends.”Many Circle of Friends members shed tears when theyfirst saw their organization’s name on the new clinicbecause it is such a visual representation of eachmember’s and chapter’s hard work and dreams.During their annual State Conference gathering,members of the Circle of Friends State Board cut theribbon to officially open the Circle of Friends Clinicwhile more than 125 members proudly watched.Circle of Friends Members Celebrate “Opening Doors”By Making Record Donation to Arkansas Children’s HospitalWith the Circle of Friends Clinic ribbon cutting as the highlightof their annual State Conference in May, members celebratedwith the appropriate theme of “Opening Doors.”The theme was obviously related to the opening of thenew clinic, but also relates to the Circle of Friends members’overall efforts both on the ACH campus and in their owncommunities to open doors and provide access to better healthcare for children and families all over Arkansas.In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, the weekendalso included the presentation of the Circle of Friends 2007-2008 donation to the hospital of $774,000, a record for theorganization, and the announcement of awards.• Highest Revenue per Capita Population – Lawrence Co.• Highest Dollars Raised in a Single Event per Capita Population –Lawrence Co. Tips for Tots• Highest Dollars Raised Overall – Northwest Arkansas• Outreach Award – Arkansas River Valley• Outstanding Membership Growth Award – Harrison Regional• Volunteer Award – Garland Co.• Outstanding Member Statewide – Kim Williams, Faulkner Co.• Outstanding ProjectsKampaign for Kids – Northwest ArkansasFall Fest – Spring RiverSplash of Red – Garland Co.Kids Caring for Kids – Greene Co.19


CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORKA Day of Fishing andFun to Benefit ACHFishermen from across the country gathered in Arkansas in May forthe 17th annual Will Fish for Kids event.The Will Fish For Kids fishing tournament, held at Beaver Lakein Rogers, raised $70,000 for ACH. All proceeds from the 2008event will fund new equipment for the ACH Dental Clinic.The Dental Clinic provides care for children who cannot receivecare at a regular dentist due to their special needs and medical conditions.Currently, there are approximately 700 patient visits permonth in the clinic.More than 170 anglers fished in the tournament. Participantsincluded top professional fishermen fishing the FLW OutdoorsTournament Trail, as well as members of the Wal-Mart vendor communityand Wal-Mart associates.Pro angler Scott Suggs and amateur partner Bobby Brookscelebrate their Will Fish for Kids tournament win.$10 Million Challenge Pays Off for KidsFor many sick and injured children, theonly place to receive the specialized medicalcare they need is at a children’s hospital.For children locally and across theregion, that place is Arkansas Children’sHospital.To enable children’s hospitals to providethe very best care to the most children,Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubsteamed up again for a special, short-termcampaign to raise $10 million throughChildren’s Miracle Network to supportthe specialized medical care provided at children’s hospitals.The two-month fundraising period at Wal-Mart and Sam’sClubs featured sales of the familiar red and yellow striped paperballoons for $1 and special store-wide activities by associates.Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations in Arkansas, northernLouisiana, eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma partner withChildren’s Miracle Network all year to raise funds and awarenessfor Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the work they do, but putspecial emphasis on the $10 million challenge, raising close to$390,000 for ACH.In addition to balloon sales, manylocations held special activities toraise funds and awareness. A few ofthe highlights from the ACH marketincluded:• Wal-Mart #3331 in Pine Bluffsponsored the Smoke on the WaterFestival, and was assisted and supportedby associates from other Wal-Mart locations in the area and DanSanders, market manager for storesin eastern and southeastern Arkansas.The event raised $12,400.• Sam’s Club #8266 in North Little Rock held their annualgolf tournament, raising approximately $6,000.• Wal-Mart #0036 in Paragould teamed up with theMarmaduke Saddle Club to raise more than $6,000. Amatching donation pledge of $3,000 by Sandra Watson, anAIG Insurance agent from Rector, helped make the event arecord-breaking success.20


CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORKCMN Round-Up ofEVENTSAce Hardware Corporation in Maumelle held their annualcommunity sale in May, raising $11,000. Each year, the Ace RetailSupport Center offers employees the opportunity to purchase discontinuedmerchandise and all proceeds benefit ACH.Carmike Cinemas recently completed their spring balloon salescampaign, raising $9,285. In addition to the Miracle Balloonsales, participating theatres placed coin canisters in lobbies and rana 45-second movie trailer promoting Children’s Miracle Network.Fourteen Rite Aid locations in the El Dorado and Shreveportareas participated in a Miracle Balloon sales campaign that raised$5,250.Goody’s Family Clothing recently wrapped up their summercampaign raising more than $33,149 through Miracle Balloonsales and other fundraising activities.Four loads of logs were auctioned, along with other live and silentauction items, at the Log A Load Bradley County fish fry. Theevent, held in Hermitage, raised $36,000.Log A Load For Kids Central Arkansas had 80 golfers participatein its annual golf tournament in Sheridan in May, raising$14,500.In June, Log A Load South Central held a fish fry with liveand silent auctions in Prescott, raising $100,000.The Molnaird Brothers Fish Fry to benefit the Log A LoadStrong chapter was held in April and raised $11,000.Associates at Wal-Mart #1 in Rogers joined up with the RogersFire Department to host the Charity Challenge Basketball Game,which raised $13,000A golf tournament at Big Sugar in Pea Ridge organized by associatesat Wal-Mart #5260 in Rogers raised $14,000.A bass tournament hosted by Wal-Mart Distribution Center#6007 in Fort Smith raised $6,000 for the hospital.Dr. Chris Smith, medical director of the ACH PULSE Center,shows off the newest addition to the simulation educationfamily, a neonatal simulator.IT’S A BOY!Continued from page 9In addition to celebrating the arrival of SimNewB, thePULSE Center also recently commemorated its first anniversary.All senior medical students at the University of Arkansas forMedical Sciences going into pediatric-based residencies rotatethrough a number of procedure stations at the PULSE Center.These give them hands-on experience in situations similar towhat they will face during their first nights on call.“One of the main goals of the PULSE Center was, and stillis, to make healthcare professionals comfortable in emergency,crisis situations,” says Cantrell. “The PULSE Center is the placewhere these people can make a mistake and learn from that mistake.So many times over the past year I have heard people say,‘I learned what to do and how to deal with this situation byexperiencing it in the PULSE Center.’ The sense of comfort thisplace is able to give people – that is fantastic.”ACH’s directors in nursing and other medical specialties haveall learned how to build successful simulation courses to helptheir staff. The PULSE Center has even trained a number ofchaplains from hospitals across the United States on communicatingwith parents and patients during stressful situations.Cantrell is looking forward to the PULSE Center doing biggerand better things in the next year.“The plans for year two include seeing what we have doneand then asking ourselves, ‘How can we make this better?,” shesays. “Since so many programs were just getting their feet wetlast year, we really have an opportunity this year to improve oureducation processes.”21


COMMUNITY EVENTSCrowder Crew and FriendsHost Third TournamentEmployees and friends of Crowder Construction in Bentonvillerecently hosted the third annual Lindsey Drue Crowder CharityGolf Tournament to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital.The tournament is named in honor of Lindsey Crowder, anACH patient and two-time cancer survivor. The previous twoyears, Lindsey was in the hospital on the day of the tournamentand was unable to attend, so she was thrilled to be there this year.“It felt cool to be at my own tournament since I haven’t everbeen there before,” says Lindsey. “It makes me happy to raisemoney for other Arkansas Children’s Hospital kids.”The tournament was held at the Big Sugar Golf Course in PeaRidge in May and featured a dinner and live auction in additionto the golf. The proceeds of $56,000 will be designated to twofamily assistance funds at ACH – one benefiting the oncologyprogram and the other child maltreatment work on the campusof Arkansas Children’s Hospital.Crowder Family Support ofACH is All in the FamilyWhen Lindsey Crowder was first diagnosed with cancer in2001, her maternal grandmother, Mary Margaret Webb, started aquilting group to provide handmade quilts for critically ill childrenat Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Lindsey’s other grandmother,Marge Crowder, has joined the group as well.What began with an initial donation of 60 quilts grew intoGranny’s Quilts of Love, a group of 53 stitchers who meet once amonth in Pea Ridge to assemble quilt kits for volunteers to workon at home. Since 2001, the group has provided a fabric “grannyhug” to more than 5,600 children at ACH. The dollar value ofthese donations is more than $80,000; the emotional value ispriceless.The quilts are distributed bysocial workers at ACH,primarily to critically illpatients who face long-termstays in the hospital.The namesake of the Lindsey Drue Crowder Charity GolfTournament presented a check for $56,000 to ArkansasChildren’s Hospital. Lindsey (right) was assisted by fellowcancer patients (from left) Elijah Talley and ChaseWellenberger.Hole-In-One HighlightsAnnual TournamentIn addition to exceeding the fundraising goal for theiremployee charity golf tournament, event organizers fromthe Ash Grove Cement Company in Foreman werethrilled to have a hole-in-one winner.Steve Judy, who played on the Teton Constructionteam with his father, Lee, and his son, Taylor, left thetournament in a 2008 Chevy truck valued at $27,000.Teton was a presenting sponsor of the tournament.The tournament, held in May at the Texarkana GolfRanch, raised a record $66,120 to benefit ACH and theACH burn center.As two of his teammates look on, an ecstatic SteveJudy retrieves his very lucky golf ball after makinga hole-in-one at the Ash Grove Cement CharityGolf Tournament that won him a 2008 Chevytruck.22


Thanks to You!The following individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations held fundraising events or made special gifts tobenefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital during the last quarter. The time, talents and true acts of generosity from thesespecial people help us in our mission to provide care, love and hope to patients and families.The Banks community hosted a Backwoods Trail Ride in May,resulting in a $5,700 donation.In May, the 22nd annual Blevins Benefit BBQ was held. The eveningbarbecue feast, a community effort, raised more than $8,200.The new Copeland’s Restaurant in Little Rock hosted a grand openingcelebration on June 29. This event, which featured authentic Cajuncuisine, raised $3,480.Students at Drew Central High School and Monticello High Schoolrecently faced off in a Phone Phrenzy battle. Together, the two schoolsraised more than $3,500 for the hospital. Phone Phrenzy is a phone-athonduring which participants call friends and family only – no coldcalling is allowed.Exit Realty recently hosted a golf tournament for ACH at the CountryClub of Arkansas in Maumelle. This was the first year for the event andit raised more than $2,000.Focus Photography in Little Rock recently donated $1,200. Themoney was raised through an Easter photography promotion.The Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E) chapters presented a $40,000check to ACH at the group’s annual celebration dinner held in June.The money, raised by F.O.E. chapters across Arkansas, will benefitpediatric cancer research.A golf tournament was hosted by the Hot Springs Firefighters in May.This event resulted in a $2,500 donation to Camp Sunshine, a summercamp for young burn victims.The Little Rock Firefighters raised$8,282 from their annual golf tournamentheld on June 3. The money fromthis tournament will benefit the ACHburn center.Mustaches for Miracles, a new eventfeaturing a mustache-growing contest, asilent auction and live music, was held inHot Springs in July. The event resulted ina donation of $2,500.In July, Arkansas Children’s Hospital received a $10,000 giftfrom the P&G Beauty Northwest Arkansas Championship, plusan additional $1,300 from ticket sales. On hand for the checkpresentation were representatives from the LPGA tournament,ACH and Mars US.The P&G Beauty Northwest Arkansas Championship, anLPGA golf tournament, was held in Rogers in July. ACHreceived a gift of $11,300 as part of the charitable outreachprogram of the tournament. Event sponsors were allowed tochoose a charity in Northwest Arkansas to support and MARSSnackfood US chose ACH and the Center for Children inLowell.The annual River of Hope luncheon took place in Jonesboro onMay 12. The food was donated by the Jonesboro OutbackSteakhouse and the event raised approximately $5,600.Whole Foods in Little Rock recently donated 5 percent of itstotal sales from its first Community Giving Day to ACH. Thefundraiser, held June 25, raised more than $1,165.At the inauguralMustaches forMiracles event, heldin July in HotSprings, attendeescelebrated the artof facial hair whileraising money forArkansas Children’sHospital.23


Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation800 Marshall Street/Slot 661Little Rock, AR 72202-3591NonprofitOrganizationU.S. POSTAGEPAIDLittle Rock, ARPermit No. 1441If you receive more than one copy of The ACHiever,please pass the extras along to a friend.Please write to us if you wish to have your nameremoved from the list to receive the ACHievermagazine from the Arkansas Children’s HospitalFoundation in the future. Arkansas Children’sHospital Foundation, ACHiever magazine,800 Marshall St., Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202.Miss America Visits ACH PatientsMiss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund visited Arkansas in May to promote a two-month Wal-Mart and Sam’sClub fundraising campaign to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital. After appearing at Wal-Mart #0126 inLittle Rock, Haglund visited with patients at ACH and let them try on her coveted Miss America crown.All money raised locally at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations benefits Arkansas Children’s Hospital throughChildren’s Miracle Network.

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