J B Hunt affirms its status as “champion for children”

J B Hunt affirms its status as “champion for children”

J B Hunt Transport Services Inc (NASDAQ: JBHT) is giving $5 million to the Arkansas Children’s Northwest construction project. The gift will help transform healthcare in the region by bringing expert pediatric care close to home for more than 200,000 children.

“For more than 50 years, J B Hunt has believed in the importance of reinvesting in communities,” said John Roberts, president and chief executive officer of J B Hunt. “The construction of a children’s hospital in this community is a historic and necessary next step for the advancement of pediatric healthcare in the region. J B Hunt understands the impact a thriving children’s hospital in northwest Arkansas will have on the children of this region. We are proud to step forward as a champion for children.”

In August 2015, Arkansas Children’s Hospital announced plans to build a freestanding children’s hospital in Springdale AR on land donated by Robin and Gary George, Cathy and David Evans, and their families. Current plans for Arkansas Children’s Northwest include a 233,613-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with 24 inpatient beds, 30 emergency department and urgent care exam rooms, 30 clinic exam rooms, five operating rooms, and diagnostic services. The 37-acre campus will also include walking trails, gardens, and a helipad and refueling station.

“The significance of this gift is profound—it underscores three decades of history J B Hunt has with Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well as its tireless commitment to ensuring northwest Arkansas continues to be one of our nation’s most flourishing communities,” said Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. “J B Hunt’s corporate citizenship is unwavering, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership as we realize this bold vision for care close to home.”

Another corporate benefactor also recently stepped up to assist this construction project. According to a news article on the hospital’s website:

Walmart and Walmart Foundation are giving $8 million to the Arkansas Children’s Northwest construction project. The gift—one of the largest ever made to healthcare by Walmart or Walmart Foundation—will help bring expert pediatric care close to home for the more than 200,000 children who live in northwest Arkansas.

“We are proud to be investing in the health and wellness of families and children in northwest Arkansas,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer at Walmart and president of the Walmart Foundation. “Walmart is committed to strengthening the local communities in which we operate, and having a children’s hospital in this region is a huge step forward.”

Arkansas Children’s Northwest is being designed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Fayetteville and Little Rock AR and FKP Architects of Houston TX. The hospital is scheduled to open in January 2018. The campus is an integral part of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital plan to transform the health of children in Arkansas by expanding access to pediatric services across the state.

For more information, go to www.jbhunt.com.

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