J.B. Hunt Transport Services recently awarded a $5 million gift to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. The gift is designated specifically for the second floor of the new South Wing, which began construction in 2008 and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2012.
The South Wing will create an additional 54 inpatient beds, expanding the hospital’s pediatric heart center and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and increasing the total bed availability to 370. Also included in the new $115 million wing are new and relocated hematology/oncology and infant-toddler units, as well as a new emergency department with an orthopedics suite, decontamination unit and dedicated trauma rooms. Expanded clinic space will include 56 new exam rooms and 19 additional procedural or diagnostic rooms. The South Wing was funded through cash reserves, philanthropic donations and bonds.