The Springdale City Council has approved a resolution allowing the Public Facilities Board to sell up to $85 million in bonds to aid in the development of an Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) campus in Springdale. The pediatric hospital, called Arkansas Children's Northwest, will be located on the corner on Watkins Ave. and 56th St., west of Highway 49. This will be the second pediatric hospital in the state of Arkansas.
"We have been in conversations about a children’s hospital in Northwest Arkansas for more than 10 years," said Marcy Doderer, President & CEO of Arkansas Children’s, Inc. "The recent developments to Don Tyson Parkway and the generous gift of land from the George and Evans families helped make this vision a reality in Springdale. Springdale is the perfect location for Arkansas Children’s Northwest, as it is the crossroads of the region."
The hospital will serve an 11-county area in Northwest Arkansas. According to the ACH, 70% of Washington and Benton county residents will be able to access the new Springdale campus within 30 minutes. The scheduled completion date is January 2018.
"The City of Springdale has been an excellent partner as we plan to bring care close to home for the children of the region," said Doderer. "We are extremely grateful for the support and guidance from city officials, the planning commission, the Public Facilities Board and the Springdale Chamber of Commerce."
Hospital officials estimate Arkansas Children's Northwest will create 250 new jobs in Springdale while providing medical support for families across Northwest Arkansas.
"The bonds issued will help partially finance this project without costing the city any money," said Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse. "We are happy to welcome Arkansas Children's Northwest to our city."