Arkansas Children's Hospital

At the top of our show today, virus deaths in Arkansas continue, Arkansas Children's and UAMS continue to study childhood obesity, and the 2021 Chile Pepper festival races now span two days.

A $700,000 grant from the National Institute of Health, in addition to $200,000 from Arkansas Children's Research Institute will go to doing the work of genomic sequencing of COVID-19 and its variants in Arkansas. Dr. Josh Kennedy, an associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology, is one of the leaders of this project. Kennedy talks about the importance of this work, vaccines, and much more.

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Arkansas Children’s Northwest and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Orthopedics Northwest have developed a pediatric sports medicine program to provide comprehensive orthopedic care for student athletes in the region. 


Arkansas Dance Marathon is a student-run group at the University of Arkansas that raises money for Arkansas Children's Northwest. The organization had moved its annual fundraiser to Saturday after converting it to a virtual experience because of COVID-19 concerns, but has decided to cancel the event all together since this story aired on the noon edition of Ozarks at Large.


The Arkansas Children’s Research Institute will receive just over $516,000 to study the effects of opioid abuse on the development of children from before birth to the preteen years. The grant is part of the National Institutes of Health’s Healthy Brain and Childhood Development Study, in which Arkansas Children’s is one of five institutions participating. 

Arkansas Children's Northwest announced this weekend a commitment to raising $5 million in five years to expand pediatric cancer care at the Springdale hospital.

Officials with Arkansas Children's Hospital announced Thursday that it will purchase, renovate and expand a clinic facility currently being used by the hospital in Jonesboro. The development is possible due to a $750 million gift.

Children's Hospital Celebrates Grand Opening

Mar 29, 2018
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Arkansas Children's Northwest marked its official grand opening in Springdale yesterday. The hospital opened its Emergency Department, infusion center and inpatient unit Feb. 27. In that time, the facility has supported about 600 ER visits and 90 inpatient stays.

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This weekend, Arkansas Children's Northwest ended a two-year capital campaign. That effort raised more than $80-million for construction of the hospital in Springdale that will open in stages beginning this week.

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A preliminary study conducted by the Arkansas Children's Research Institute suggests prescription doses of folinic acid could improve the language and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder. The study also identified a biomarker that can be used to predict which patients have the best chance to respond to the treatment. The report was published in Springer Nature's journal Molecular Psychiatry and can be read here.