ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
CONTENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pat McClelland, Chairman
M. Edward Drilling, Vice Chairman
Tom Baxter, Secretary
Dorsey Jackson, Treasurer
Michele Moss, M.D., Chief of Staff
ACH Burn Center:
Saving a Life
Harry C. Erwin III, Past Chairman
Jonathan Bates, M.D., President & CEO
John Bale, Jr. Eduardo Ochoa, M.D.
Ron Clark Stan Roberts
Sue Cooper Skip Rutherford
Cody Thomas, a 9-year-old Haskell Dickinson Mark Saviers
Paul R. Hart Philip Schmidt
boy from Malvern, was J. French Hill Robert L. Shults
caught in an explosion at a Judge Marion Humphrey Bonnie Taylor, M.D.
Richard F. Jacobs, M.D. Everett Tucker III
bonfire, which resulted in 65 Michael Joshua Rick Watkins
percent of his body being Diane Mackey Charles B. Whiteside III
Barbara Moore Kim Williams
covered with third degree Beverly Morrow I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.
burns. Cody and his family Cody Thomas visits with occupational therapist Mandy
overcame the painful experi- Yelvington recently at ACH. Cody visits ACH regularly for
ence with help from the ACH therapy as he recovers from his burns.
burn center. ACH RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Ron Clark, Chairman
Jonathan Bates, M.D.,
Vice Chairman for Finance & Admin.
Child Life and Debra Fiser, M.D., Vice Chairman for Research
Education Department: Robert Porter, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer
Richard F. Jacobs, M.D., President
Kanwaljeet “Sunny” Anand, Tommy Hillman
M.B.B.S., D.Phil Roger Rank, Ph.D.
M. Edward Drilling Mark Saviers
Ellen Gray I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.
The ACH child life and educa-
tion (CLE) department works Jonathan Bates, M.D., Chairman
with both parents and children Charles B. Whiteside III, Vice Chairman
John E. Bel, President
to provide understanding about
medical procedures. Child life Pat Allen Ross Honea
John Bale, Jr. Beverly Keener
specialists also use medical play, Tom Baxter Mark Larsen
the hospital school program Frances Buchanan Diane Mackey
William Clark Mark McCaslin
and the pet therapy program to James Cobb Jim McClelland
make a child’s stay at ACH as Dale Cook Jeffrey Nolan
Robert G. Cress Robert Porter, M.D.
normal as possible. Don Edmondson Sara M. Richardson
A volunteer in the CLE department works with her therapy dog Harry C. Erwin III Vicki Saviers
to cheer up a patient. The T.A.I.L.S. (Therapeutic Animal Robin George Philip Schmidt
Barbara Hanna Witt Stephens, Jr.
Intervention Lifts Spirits) program allows patients to interact Anne Hickman Marianne Thompson
with trained therapy dogs. Bryan Hill Sue Trotter
Ray Hobbs Tom Womack
The ACH Auxiliary presented
its inaugural Miracle Ball on Design:
December 2. The sell-out Lori Barlow, The Graphic Design Shop, Inc.
event was an elegant affair. Photographers:
Kelley Cooper, ACH Foundation Staff
Children’s Hall on the ACH Contributors:
campus was all spiffed up on the Alyssa Anderson, Kila Owens, Phaedra Yount
outside, giving just a hint of the
elegant transformation that awaited THE ACHIEVER
Miracle Ball guests on the inside. is published by Arkansas Children Hospital
Foundation for friends of ACH.
The car on display is the 2007 800 Marshall St., Slot 661,
Toyota Yaris that North Point Little Rock, AR 72202-3591
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PATIENTS AND FAMILIES WE HAVE KNOWN
ACH Burn Center
Instrumental in Saving
M any 9-year-old boys have heroes like Superman and
Spiderman. Cody Thomas, of Malvern, has a real-life hero —
his dad, Randy Wellman.
On May 21, 2006, Cody’s parents had a bonfire party to cele-
brate his mom’s birthday. Someone poured gasoline on the fire
and Cody was caught in the explosion. As Cody ran in a panic
across the yard, his dad caught him and put out the flames —
a selfless act that saved Cody’s life.
The family rushed Cody to a nearby medical center. Within
40 minutes, he was on an Arkansas Children’s Hospital helicop-
ter, headed to Little Rock for treatment. For two weeks, Cody
was kept in a medically induced coma in the ACH burn center
while people across the world prayed for his recovery.
“The worst part of the entire ordeal was not hearing his
Thanks to the help of ACH burn center staff members and the sup-
voice for those first two weeks,” says Crystal Wellman, Cody’s
port of family and friends, Cody Thomas can enjoy just being a kid.
mother. “All we could do was wait and pray.”
For Cody, the worst part of being in the hospital was “being
away from my sisters.”
Eventually, Cody’s condition improved. He remained in the physical therapy clinic in Malvern three days a week and, due
burn center for the next five months, where doctors focused on to his busy schedule, is currently home schooled.
healing Cody’s body, which had been covered with third degree Because of his experience at the ACH burn center, Cody
burns. He underwent nine surgeries during his time at ACH. wants to help his peers in any way possible. He has volun-
His main physician, Dr. Bill Hickerson*, became a friend to teered to be an Arkansas Firefighters Association spokesman,
Cody in his time of need. a position that will allow him to educate other children about
According to Cody, Dr. Hickerson is “awesome.” the dangers of fire.
Crystal agrees. “Dr. Hickerson is wonderful with his Cody, with the help of his parents, also raised money to
patients,” she says. “He understands them, and he talks to them. collect teddy bears for ACH patients. Cody collected 175
He gained Cody’s trust, and even when Cody wouldn’t open up teddy bears and delivered them to the hospital during the
to anyone else, he always opened up to Dr. Hickerson.” 2006 Festival of Stars toy donation drive. For Cody, the
While in the burn center, Cody battled nightmares and reason for collecting teddy bears was simple: “We did it for
depression. For his parents, dealing with Cody’s illness was an ACH and the kids who need it.”
emotional rollercoaster, as well. Cody and his family are grateful for the excellent care they
“It has really been a learning experience,” says Randy received — and continue to receive — in the ACH burn
Wellman. “Facing this has shown us how strong we can be for center.
our child and our family. It certainly made it easier that the “At ACH, it really is all about the kids,” says Randy. “You
workers in the burn center cared so much about Cody.” can see how all of these people — the nurses, the doctors,
Another step in Cody’s healing was attending Camp the workers — care so much for each child. We were treated
Saving a Life
Sunshine, a free camp for children who have been severely wonderfully at the burn center, and we feel lucky that such an
burned. At the camp, kids can fish, swim, play games and amazing institution is right in our back yard.”
have fun in a setting that is comfortable and accepting. The ACH burn center is the only burn center in Arkansas
Although he was only able to go for a few hours, Cody felt and treats both children and adults. For more information,
blessed to have an opportunity to meet peers with experiences please visit: www.archildrens.org.
similar to his.
Cody was released from ACH in October, but he returns * Bill Hickerson, M.D., is medical director of the ACH burn center and
regularly for visits that monitor his progress. He also visits a professor, department of surgery at UAMS College of Medicine.
Child Life and Education Department Brings
Understanding to Young Patients
A child life specialist explains an upcoming procedure to a patient
while showing pictures of exactly what equipment he can expect to see
S ome people choose their professions based on pay, work hours or
training. Most of the child life and education (CLE) employees at
during his stay at ACH.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital chose their profession based on an entirely
different reason — a personal life experience.
One of those experiences was that of Gloriane Kabat, director of
the CLE department. use music or crafts as a means of coping with hospitalization. All play-
“When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I had to be admitted into a hospi- rooms are designated “no owie” zones, meaning no medical procedures
tal,” Kabat says. “I was scared during my medical procedures, and I did- take place there. “We feel play is very important to the children,” says
n’t understand why I was there or what was happening. There was no Kabat. “Children learn and cope with their surroundings through play,
one for me to play with, and there was absolutely nothing for me to do.” and if the kids are doing what they want to do, it helps promote recovery.”
The experience made an impression on Kabat and later, while in col- Another activity promoted by the CLE department is medical play,
lege, she saw a television program about the emergence of child life which is used to alleviate a child’s medical fears. Depending on the age of
departments in children’s hospitals across the country. She quickly the child, real or fake medical equipment is used to perform procedures
changed her major and upon graduating, moved to Arkansas to work at on dolls.
The mission of the CLE department is to help ACH patients under- EDUCATION
stand and cope with their hospital stays. The services of the CLE depart- In addition to play, the CLE department has four teachers on staff
ment are very cost effective therapies for hospitalized children. Because to keep patients up-to-date on their studies. The hospital school, which
the services are free and no insurance reimbursement is received, the serves patients from 3 years to 12th grade, provides a normal routine
department relies heavily on philanthropy. for the students while also giving them an outlet for creativity and
Child life specialists explain medical procedures and provide therapeu- productivity.
tic opportunities to explore the hospital environment. They help children Special attention is given to those patients whose hospital stays will
cope with emotions and illness through play, education, pre-ops, family exceed 10 days, who have special educational needs, who have chronic ill-
support and the T.A.I.L.S. (Therapeutic Animal Intervention Lifts Spirits) nesses and visit the hospital frequently, or who have missed school prior
program. to hospitalization.
Mandy Staggs has been a child life specialist at ACH for seven years.
Most of the child life specialists in the CLE department are given a PRE-OPS and FAMILY SUPPORT
“unit” — an area of the hospital they routinely cover. Staggs’ unit is the Pre-admittance visits are a way for child life specialists to ease a
heart center, and her familiarity with the area shows when she enters. She patient’s fears. Pre-admittance visits, or pre-ops, as they are sometimes
knows the names and stories of her assigned patients and shares a special called, are scheduled for incoming patients. During the pre-op, a child life
bond with those she works with every day — doctors, nurses, social specialist will gently discuss the upcoming procedure with the patient.
workers and nutritionists. According to Staggs, “The most rewarding The specialist will then show the patient and his or her parents pic-
thing about being a child life specialist is the moment a kid smiles and tures of medical equipment. With each picture comes an explanation of
you see that they are happy. And you know you helped them understand how the instruments will be used in the patient’s procedure and the level
what’s going on. You removed the fear and replaced it with happiness. of pain to expect. In addition, pre-op visits include a tour of the area in
That’s the best part of the job.” which the child will be staying and an opportunity for the child to visit
with other people who will be instrumental to the procedure, such as a
PLAY surgeon or an anesthesiologist.
One way that Kabat, Staggs and the other CLE staff members help Child life specialists also provide support to parents and siblings of
patients at ACH is through play. There are activity rooms located patients. For parents who need help with behavior management or other
throughout the hospital, as well as an outdoor play court in Camp overall parenting issues, the CLE department can provide counsel and
Wannaplay, the main playroom located on the third floor of the hospital. tips. Child life specialists can also prepare siblings for visiting a brother or
The playrooms are staffed by patient activity specialists, and children sister in the hospital or for an impending death.
have the opportunity to engage in expressive arts, which allows them to Continued on page 13
Autism Research at ACHRI Striving
to Change Hopelessness to Hope
metabolism in many autistic chil-
dren and whether this interven-
A ccording to Lisa Jansen,
“One of life’s most difficult
tion will improve aspects of their
behavior. David has completed
the clinical trial. His metabolic
blows is to find out your child profile and behavior improved
has a disability. Ours was while participating in the study,
autism.” She recalls the exact and he continues to take the sup-
moment she received her 4- plements.
year-old son David’s diagnosis. “Autism and the spectrum
It was March 15, 2005. She disorders that make up these
says: “There it was in black devastating changes in a child are
and white written at the top of certainly multi-factorial and con-
his medical chart: Autism. stitute many possible complex
‘What now?’ we thought. Our interactions that affect the nerv-
perfect child autistic? Our ous system,” says Dr. Richard F.
world fell apart.” Jacobs*, president of ACHRI.
Each year, one in 166 chil- “Dr. James’ research is unlocking
dren is diagnosed with autism, important questions to show that
a developmental disability a subpopulation of these chil-
characterized by social interac- David Jansen, a 6-year-old who was diagnosed with autism, recently dren have disorders in the ability
tion and language impairment participated in a study by Dr. Jill James at ACHRI. to detoxify potentially damaging
accompanied by social with- substances created by their bod-
drawal and repetitive behaviors. Boys are four times more likely than ies. Although the cause or causes remain unknown at this time,
girls to have autism. The disorder appears to have increased tenfold this research shows great promise for some children with autism.”
over the last 15 years. Although both genetic and environmental fac- Since David began receiving the supplements, he has become
tors are believed to contribute to the development of autism, no one more social, and his verbal skills have increased. His mother sees
knows the cause of the disability. him smile more frequently. “I will be eternally grateful to Jill for
Prior to David’s diagnosis he had genetic testing, developmental giving me the opportunity to see something I thought I would
testing and multiple lab and neurology tests. never see,” says Jansen.
Jansen says, “The doctors kept saying, ‘He is a complicated puzzle.’” Although each autistic child is a unique challenge, it is clinical
She began searching for answers. She wants David to be given every research such as that happening at ACHRI that gives hope to
opportunity to lead a normal life. She learned about the research of parents of children with autism. James’ research is supported by
Dr. Jill James* at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Arkansas
Institute (ACHRI). James is the director of the Metabolic Genomics Biosciences Institute, the Children’s University Medical Group and
Laboratory at ACHRI. Her research is focused on the understanding by private donations made through the ACH Foundation.
of the metabolic and genetic factors that may be involved in the Today, 6-year-old David attends school. He is affectionate and
development of autism. loving toward people he knows. When he sees others give praise to
Recent evidence from James’ laboratory suggests autism may a fellow student, he too will often show praise to the student near-
involve inherited metabolic irregularities that secondarily affect neuro- est him. Despite autism, his mother says, “He is perfect to me.”
logic and immunologic function during prenatal and postnatal devel-
opment. If proven correct, this model supports the possibility that *Jill James, Ph.D., is director of the ACHRI Metabolic Genomics Laboratory, professor of
normalization of the metabolic imbalance with targeted intervention pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine and a member of the Arkansas Center for Birth Defects
strategies could potentially improve symptoms and arrest the progres- Research and Prevention.
sion into autism. *Richard F. Jacobs, M.D., FAAP, is president of ACHRI, physician in pediatric infectious
Earlier this year, David participated in a clinical trial at ACHRI disease at ACH, the Horace C. Cabe Professor of Pediatrics and the interim chairman of the
directed by James. The purpose of the study is to determine whether department of pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine.
targeted nutritional supplementation will improve the abnormal
ACH & UAMS Agreement to Improve
Statewide Access to Pediatric Subspecialty Care
A statewide collaborative agreement between Arkansas
Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics was recently
approved by the ACH Board of Directors and the University of
Arkansas Board of Trustees. This very exciting and important
agreement will have a profound effect on how care is provided
to children and families throughout the state.
The agreement will allow the two institutions to improve
access to pediatric subspecialty care, support the education
and training of UAMS medical students and residents, and
strengthen and expand the current regional clinics.
ACH already serves patients and families through statewide
programs such as transportation, after hours resource line, train-
ing of pediatricians and community outreach, but the needs are
so much greater. This agreement will enhance the ability to bring
care closer to home for many patients.
“We’re responding to requests from referring physicians
around the state asking for an increased presence in pediatric
subspecialty care,” says Jonathan Bates, M.D., president and chief
executive officer of ACH. “By making our services available The Center for Children is a 40,000-square-foot, two-
around the state, thousands of families will not have to make the story building, scheduled to open sometime in the spring of
long trip to Little Rock for their child’s initial evaluation or clinic 2007. The building will house the Schmieding
visits for follow-up medical attention.” Developmental Center, the Schmieding Kids First program
Services now provided off the ACH campus by ACH or the and various regional clinics, all previously located in
UAMS Department of Pediatrics will become components of Fayetteville and Springdale.
this statewide working collaborative. The Schmieding Developmental Center provides medical
The first project will be the UAMS/ACH Center for Children and neuropsychological assessments for children with devel-
in Lowell. The other UAMS College of Medicine Department opmental disorders.
of Pediatrics regional clinics, located in El Dorado, Fort Smith, Schmieding Kids First is a comprehensive, early-interven-
Harrison, Helena/West Helena, Jonesboro, Mountain View and tion program for infants and young children with medical
Texarkana, will be known as the UAMS Department of conditions and developmental delays. UAMS operates 11
Pediatrics and ACH regional clinics. Kids First centers across the state. The Springdale location
“This collaboration between UAMS and Arkansas Children’s serves 58 children, and the program is expected to grow
Hospital will allow us to create a statewide system of health care once relocated to the new facility.
accessibility for children needing subspecialty and developmental Nearly 14,000 patients from northwest Arkansas were
care,” said Debra Fiser, M.D., dean of the UAMS College of treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital during 2006, and this
Medicine. extension of services in Lowell is expected to improve the
flow of appointments in Little Rock.
Physicians who are faculty of the UAMS Department of
Pediatrics and practice at Arkansas Children’s Hospital will
commute to the Center for Children on a rotating basis,
The Center for Children — a collaboration both weekly and monthly. Some faculty and other staff
members will reside in Lowell or nearby communities.
between UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Pediatric subspecialty services offered at the center will
Hospital — will create a statewide system of include adolescent medicine, allergy, cardiology, endocrinolo-
health care accessibility for children needing gy, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology
subspecialty and developmental care. and rheumatology.
Festival of Stars Brings Donations,
Performances to ACH
Sandy Burrow (left), of ACH’s volunteer services department,
presents Kevin Hayes with a certificate during Festival of Stars.
Each individual or group who donated toys received a special
certificate of thanks.
T he 2006 Festival of Stars, held December 14-16 in the ACH lobby,
was a great success. Festival of Stars is an annual celebration during
which individuals and organizations are invited to deliver their holiday
donations to the hospital. The event fea-
tured a live remote each day by B98.5,
and more than 1,102 individuals from 53 Generosity of
groups performed holiday music for donors ensures
patients and guests. A “stuff the truck”
promotion was held to encourage people that every child
to make enough donations to fill a
Toyota Tundra provided by North Point
in the hospital
Toyota. gets a gift.
During the three days of Festival of
Stars, ACH collected more than $65,000 worth of toys and other gifts
Special thanks to B98.5, North Point Toyota and all who performed
Kevin Hayes (left) and his grandmother visit with B98’s Jeff
or donated during Festival of Stars.
Matthews during their trip to ACH to drop off toy donations.
Newly Arkansas Children’s
Elected Tributes Offer Alternative
to Traditional Gifts
Hospital M emorial and honor gifts are a way to honor
the memory of a loved one or cherished friend, to
Pat Allen recognize special occasions such as birthdays or
Siloam Springs anniversaries, or simply to send best wishes, all
Arkansas Children’s while helping patients at ACH.
Hospital Foundation If you would like to make a memorial or
honor gift to Arkansas Children’s Hospital,
complete the form in the enclosed envelope or
mail to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation,
Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Your gift will
Richard F. Jacobs, M.D. provide hope and healing to our most precious
ACHRI President, resource – our children.
Interim Chair, UAMS
Dept. of Pediatrics
Little Rock Dale Cook
President-elect, ACH Auxiliary
Charitable Remainder Trust Allows Couple to
Support Children’s Hospital and Save on Taxes
W hen Mary and Al Gartside bought 100 acres of land in
northwest Arkansas in 1960, they had no idea what a huge
investment their purchase was. But as the years passed, the land
appreciated considerably, and in 1995 they asked their broker at
AG Edwards how they could save on taxes if they sold the
That was when the Gartsides decided to establish a charita-
ble remainder trust and make Arkansas Children’s Hospital one
of three beneficiaries. A charitable remainder trust is an
arrangement in which money, securities or other assets are Angela and her husband, Robert Hensley, now live in Tulsa where
transferred to a trust that then pays the donor an income for she works as a nuclear medicine technician.
life or for a period of years. The trust can also pay an income
to another beneficiary of the donor’s choosing. At the death of
the surviving beneficiary, the remaining principal in the trust Mary says what she remembers most about the experience
goes to a charity such as ACH. was that someone from ACH called Angela’s family to see if
“Our choice of Children’s Hospital for the charity was due they needed financial help.
to our granddaughter Angela being cared for there when she “Our son and family didn’t need it because their insurance
was 18 months old,” says Mary Gartside. “She was a very sick was adequate to take care of the expenses, but what impressed
baby.” me was that Angela would have been cared for even if her
Angela, who is now 30, had serious kidney problems as a parents had not been able to pay,” Mary says. “That was our
baby and was referred to a reason for wanting Children’s Hospital in our trust.”
urologist in Rogers. Al Gartside is a native of Rogers, and Mary was born and
“The Rogers urologist raised in southwest Arkansas. The couple met at the University
wanted to wait a few years of Arkansas but not until they both had graduated. At the
to do surgery because time, Mary was working in a lab for the U.S. Department of
Angela was so small,” Mary Agriculture, and Al had come back to visit his professors.
says, “but fortunately, the The Gartsides moved to Rogers in the early 1950s. Both
doctor he had trained worked as school teachers, but Al’s interest was in farming, so
under, Dr. John Redman, he gave up his job as a junior high science teacher to pursue
a pediatric urologist at his love. They raised two sons, Brian, who now lives in
Arkansas Children’s Fayetteville, and Phil, who lives in Seattle. The Gartsides have
Hospital, was there during four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
the time the X-rays were After her surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Angela
made. When Dr. Redman thrived. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma
This photo of Mary and Al returned to Little Rock, he
Gartsides’ granddaughter Angela School of Nuclear Medicine and is now working as a nuclear
called my son and said medicine technician in Tulsa.
was taken the day she left Angela needed to be operat-
Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The ed on immediately. He oper- Mary says others who are struggling with what to do with
care Angela received at ACH was highly appreciated assets should consider a charitable remain-
ated a few days later and der trust. She also says they should consider supporting
the inspiration for the Gartsides’ corrected the problem.”
gift to the hospital. Arkansas Children’s Hospital because “the hospital does so
many things to help children.”
‘I would like to Give, but...’
D o you wish you could do more to make a difference in the
lives of children treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital but don’t
feel it’s an option for you at this time? Maybe it is. If you would like
I would like to give, but I want to make sure I take care
of my children and grandchildren.
to make a contribution to ACH but have one of the concerns
below, we may have a giving opportunity that’s right for you.
Charitable Lead Trust
Details: A charitable lead trust is an arrangement in which
an income-producing asset is transferred to a trust, which
then pays an annual income to a charity such as Arkansas
I would give more if I had more income. Children’s Hospital for a specified period. The asset reverts to
Giving Opportunity: family members at the end of the period.
■ Assets are passed to family members while avoiding or drastically reducing
Charitable Gift Annuity gift and/or estate taxes.
Details: A charitable gift annuity is a contract between you
■ Reduces the size of your taxable estate and keeps property in the family.
and a charity such as Arkansas Children’s Hospital, whereby
the charity agrees to make fixed payments to you for your life Concern:
in exchange for a charitable contribution. I would like to give, but I don’t want to disrupt my lifestyle.
■ Guaranteed, fixed income for life.
■ Fixed rate of payment, based on age, is established when annuity Giving Opportunity:
contract is signed. Rate of payment is greater for older donors.
■ Payout is much higher than most guaranteed investments such as
Retained Life Estate
Details: You can give any personal residence, vacation home, farm
CDs, money market accounts or savings accounts. or ranch to a charity like Arkansas Children’s Hospital and reserve
■ Current and future savings on income taxes. use of that property for life (or a term of years) and/or the lifetime
■ You have the option of deferring payout until a later date when of another resident beneficiary.
income is needed, which means a higher payout and larger income ■ The retained life estate arrangement provides the benefits of income and
tax deduction (a great option for relatively younger donors). estate tax savings on a gift of a significant asset without disruption of lifestyle.
■ This option is especially attractive if you intend to leave the asset to the
Concern: charity anyway.
I’d give more, but my holdings are concentrated in
highly appreciated, low yield stock. Concern:
I just don’t feel I’m able to give at this time.
Charitable Remainder Trust Testamentary Gift
Details: A charitable remainder trust is an arrangement in
Details: A testamentary gift is a gift that is deferred until after
which money, securities, real estate or other marketable proper-
ty is irrevocably transferred to a trust that will then pay you an
■ Gift can be a bequest in a will or a revocable trust.
income for life or for a period of years of your choosing (but
■ Gift could also be made through beneficiary designation, payable on death
not more than 20). At death, or at the end of the specified
account or other contract (i.e. life insurance, retirement funds/IRAs, most
number of years, the remaining value in the trust is trans-
financial accounts). Beneficiary designation is a simple way to make a signif-
ferred to a charity like Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
■ Assets are sold tax-free in the trust (i.e. no capital gains tax due on
■ The most tax efficient testamentary gifts are through retirement
appreciated property contributed to a trust).
funds/IRAs. Why? Retirement funds/IRAs are tax disadvantaged at death
■ You choose the payout rate; minimum of 5%. Usually the rate
because they may be subject to both estate tax and income tax when dis-
selected is 5-7%.
tributed to beneficiaries.
■ You receive an immediate income tax deduction, which can be car-
ried over for up to five years, within the limitations of the law.
■ The trust can pay an income to another beneficiary of your choice. For more information on these giving opportunities, or to discuss additional
■ Certain trust types allow additional contributions to be made. giving options, contact Mary Starr Ross at 501-364-5308. Please consult your
tax and/or legal advisor before making a gift.
M embers of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary
and the ACH Foundation proved recently that they could
transform a very plain meeting room into an elegant ball-
room worthy of guests in evening attire, gourmet dining and
fine musical entertainment. They also proved that they are
flexible and have a sense of humor.
The inaugural Miracle Ball, a joint project of the Auxiliary
and the Foundation, jokingly became “the fanciest tailgate
party ever,” as organizers tried to juggle presenting an ele-
gant black tie ball on the same night the Arkansas
Razorbacks were playing in the SEC championship football
A discreet bank of televisions by the restrooms and sev-
eral by the bar were not enough to satisfy the hardcore fans
when the game got particularly exciting, so the audiovisual PHOTO BY INVITING ARKANSAS
team scrambled to get the game on two 12-foot screens by From left: Mark Saviers, ACH and ACH Research Institute board
the stage. Suddenly, 360 elegantly clad people were watching member; Vicki Saviers, ACH Foundation board member; Dr. Sally
the football game while eating their gourmet meal catered by Bates; and Dr. Jonathan Bates, ACH president and CEO.
Once the game finished (sadly, with a loss by Arkansas),
the evening got back on track with a welcome by Auxiliary preparation for the hospital’s approaching centennial, the
and hospital officials, a live auction and entertainment by Auxiliary wanted to create an elegant way to focus on the lega-
Hunter Sullivan and his Swing Band. cy of miraculous care at ACH; and so, the Miracle Ball was
In 2006, the ACH Auxiliary celebrated its 40th year. In born.
celebration of the volunteer group’s long history, and in The Miracle Ball was held at ACH on December 2. Auxiliary
members felt it was important to host the new event on the
ACH campus — providing an opportunity to invite their dear-
est friends into their home.
Sold out months before its December date, the Miracle Ball
was a grand success, attended by many friends of the hospital
as well as community leaders.
Frances Buchanan, an Auxiliary member and ACH
Foundation board member, served as the Miracle Ball liaison.
Elizabeth Campbell and Carol Stephens served as co-chairs.
Cindy Murphy chaired the live auction and Rebecca McDowell
the silent auction.
A great deal of the ball’s financial success can be credited to
the early support of event sponsors, including the lead spon-
sors The Stephens Group and the Stella Boyle Smith Trust.
Presenting sponsors included North Point Toyota, American
Airlines and Mary Healey’s. Glazer’s Distributors of Arkansas
was a premier sponsor.
The Miracle Ball was so well received, it will become an
annual event. The 2006 ball net proceeds of $175,000 will go
ACHF board member Ray Hobbs and wife Debbie, of Rogers, with toward the creation of an endowed chair to support the child
ACH Foundation president John Bel (right). maltreatment program at ACH.
(The Fanciest Tailgate Party Ever)
Promoted as having “the looks of a matinee idol and the
chops of Bobby Darin,” Hunter Sullivan and his swing
band got Miracle Ball guests out of their chairs and onto
the dance floor with new interpretations of old standards.
Children’s Hall on the ACH campus was transformed from a
rather dull meeting space to an elegant ballroom featuring red
Auxiliary president Sue Cooper was one of several spotters during the Miracle carpeting, red and white table settings, dozens and dozens of
Ball live auction. Live auction items included a trip for two to the Grammys, a red roses in silver vases, a stage and dance floor—everything
Barry Thomas painting, a Chicago trip to get a custom-made Oxxford suit, a bathed in soft red and lavender lighting.
party at the home of Cindy and Chip Murphy, a Patek Philippe watch, a 2007
Toyota Yaris and four business-class tickets to Europe on American Airlines.
Early in the evening, most eyes were on the Razorback game being shown at the
back of the room.
LR Firefighters and Santa
Bring Joy to Local Children Two children visit with Santa Claus at
Breakfast with Santa. All proceeds from the
event benefited ACH.
O n a windy, December day, Santa Claus arrived on the
ACH campus in a big red fire truck. As he walked into
More than 600 people attended the event, and more than
$8,300 was raised for ACH. Breakfast with Santa was made pos-
Children’s Hall, the room crackled with electricity and sible by Friday, Eldredge & Clark and Wright, Lindsey, Jennings.
excitement. Children cheered, parents clapped and everyone All of the food was generously donated by IHOP and Simply
clamored to get in line to have their picture taken with jolly the Best Catering.
ol’ St. Nick. The event was presented by Committee for the Future, an
The Breakfast with Santa event featured a meal of pan- organization of young professionals and community leaders in
cakes, eggs, sausage and fruit, cooked and served by mem- the central Arkansas area who support Arkansas Children’s
bers of the Little Rock Fire Department for parents and Hospital through fundraising, education and community projects.
kids. The children in attendance also had the opportunity to Volunteers from Committee for the Future, Kohl’s and
create crafts, call the North Pole, shop at the North Pole Target assisted at the event.
Outlet Store and enjoy festive music.
Santa hands out candy as he enters Children’s Hall on the ACH
Members of the Little Rock Fire Department carefully prepare pan- Campus. He arrived at the event on a fire truck, courtesy of the Little
cakes for Breakfast with Santa guests. Rock Fire Department.
Young Artists Help Bring Succcess to Holiday Card Project
The ACH Auxiliary completed its annual Holiday Card
Project in December. It was the most successful year in the project’s
40-year history, with an estimated total of $92,000.
Ten young artists and the 2006 featured artist, most of whom
are pictured here, were introduced and recognized for their contri-
butions to the project at a special event in November.
In just another month or two, the Auxiliary will begin work-
ing on the 2007 project and will be looking for new art. If you
know a budding young artist who has been an ACH patient,
encourage him or her to work on a holiday masterpiece. For
information about how to participate in the 2007 project,
contact Robin Rhoades, 501-364-1491.
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends events held October-December 2006.
■ Arkansas River Valley, Breakfast with Santa, $7,000 Mrs. Johnson’s first grade class at Lake Hamilton Primary in
■ Arkansas River Valley, Chocolates for Children, $400 Hot Springs raised $667, the most money in the Garland County
■ Faulkner County, Morning with Santa, $1,300 Circle of Friends sponsored fundraiser, “Light Up a Life at
■ Harrison, Breakfast with Santa, $2,200 ACH.” Students at the school raised money by selling Christmas
■ Jefferson County, Breakfast with Santa, $560 tree light paper icons for $1 each.
■ Jefferson County, Pine Bluff Board of Realtors
Holiday Auction, $11,500
■ Jonesboro, Bowl-a-Ween, $440 others. Other activities include trike-, bike- or walk-a-thons or
■ Jonesboro, Tour of Homes, $5,000 multi-school challenge events. Circle of Friends chapters work
■ Lawrence County, Kuts for Kids, $400 with schools in their communities to organize these programs.
■ Magnolia, Breakfast with Santa, $1,450 ■ Blytheville, Hat Day with Blytheville Primary School, $355
■ Magnolia, Tips for Tots, $500 ■ Garland County, “Light up a Life at ACH” with
Lake Hamilton Primary School, $5,694
Kampaign for Kids ■ Garland County, Sticker Sale competition between
Kampaign for Kids is a corporate campaign organized Lakeside and Lake Hamilton High Schools, $19,200
by Circle of Friends chapters and community volunteers.
■ Jonesboro, $32,086 Circle of Friends members work to promote children’s health
through education, advocacy and fundraising for Arkansas
Kids Caring for Kids Children’s Hospital, the state’s only pediatric medical facility.
Through the Kids Caring for Kids program, students Circle of Friends chapters are scattered all over Arkansas. If you
participate in fundraising events that combine learning are interested in joining a group, please contact Anne McMains,
math, spelling and reading along with the value of helping at 501-364-5307.
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T.A.I.L.S. the patients receive donated gifts. Other celebrations are held for patients
The T.A.I.L.S. (Therapeutic Animal Intervention Lifts Spirits) who reach milestones in their recovery.
program is another way the CLE department attempts to bring joy “We have last treatment parties for children who are undergoing
to patients’ lives. T.A.I.L.S. is a program that allows patients the chemotherapy, and we have congratulations parties for kids who are being
opportunity to interact with trained therapy dogs. These interac- released after being at ACH for a while,” says Kabat.
tions often result in reduced anxiety and pain and a more positive The CLE team also tries to make the holidays feel as normal as possi-
outlook on the hospital experience. “T.A.I.L.S. is a great program ble. On Easter, each child receives a gift bag. On Christmas, Santa visits
because the kids just light up when they get the chance to play with each child’s room, delivering stockings and good cheer to the patients.
a dog, even if it is for a short time,” says Kabat. “We are always The CLE department at ACH is a vital part of any patient’s visit. From
trying to recruit more dogs for this program because it is a hit with the pre-op to the playroom, Kabat and her team focus on bringing happi-
the patients.” ness and understanding to each patient. And hopefully, a little fun.
“People ask me all the time, ‘How do you do it, working with sick kids
OTHER CLE ACTIVITIES every day?’” Staggs says. “I tell them, ‘At ACH, there are so many more
In addition to the programs mentioned, the CLE department happy times than sad. The happy times make it worth the sad times.’”
plans celebrations for patients, including birthday parties at which
CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK
Local Credit Union
Donates $80,000 to ACH
A rkansas Federal Credit Union (AFCU) recently donated
$80,000 to ACH. Half of the money was raised by employees
AFCU President/CEO Larry Biernacki laughs with customers
during a fundraiser for ACH. The fundraiser featured Biernacki
and members through payroll deductions, a golf tournament, a taped to a chair, unable to be released until he raised a certain
two-week long silent auction and several denim weeks. amount of money for ACH.
AFCU’s board of directors voted
to match the money raised by employ-
As a member of ees and members.
As a member of Credit Union for
Credit Union for Kids, a national sponsor of Children’s
Kids, AFCU has Miracle Network, Arkansas Federal
Credit Union has contributed more
contributed than $250,000 to ACH since 1998.
more than “Arkansas Federal Credit Union is
proud to support the mission of
$250,000 to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to pro-
ACH since 1998. vide a place of care, love and hope to
the children of Arkansas,” says Larry
Biernacki, AFCU president and CEO.
Hank’s Donates Fine Piece of Furniture to NICU
Employees from the home office of Hank’s Fine
Furniture in Sherwood gathered at ACH in December to
present their 2006 donation to staff members of the
neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Each year, a portion of the profits from Hank’s
month-long annual anniversary sale in June are donated
to area children’s hospitals in the markets Hank’s
Furniture serves, including Arkansas, Missouri, Texas,
Alabama and Florida.
This year’s donation to ACH was used to purchase
an Omnibed incubator, a radiant warmer that mimics a
womb, allowing a premature baby to grow and progress
as it would in-utero.
Thanks The following individuals, businesses, foundations and
organizations held fundraising events or made special
gifts to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital during the last
to You! quarter. The time, talents and true acts of generosity from
these special people help us in our mission to provide care,
love and hope to patients and families.
Ace Hardware Corporation in Maumelle held two special
sales in 2006, raising $21,300 to benefit Arkansas Children’s
The Arkansas Pontiac Association held its annual car
show on September 30 in Maumelle. The association’s donation
of $5,000 will support the ACH clinical nutrition department.
An employee campaign at Bale Chevrolet raised $2,600 for
The hematology/oncology unit at ACH received a donation of
$3,300 from the Herman Brown Foundation Golf Classic
held in Searcy. The foundation was founded in honor of Lyon College Phi Mu sorority members dance the night away during
Herman Brown, Jr., who lost his battle with cancer in 2001. their annual Dance Marathon to benefit ACH.
Kappa Delta sorority held its annual football run on October
28 raising $11,377. This year, the sorority also held a putt-putt
tournament to raise money for ACH. A check was presented Phi Mu-Epsilon Rho at Lyon College in Batesville, held its
during half-time at the Arkansas vs. Louisiana-Monroe game. annual Dance Marathon in October. Sorority members collect-
ed pledges from students, parents and businesses to dance the
Kohl’s employees from stores in Benton, Conway, Little Rock night away. They also held spaghetti suppers and had card-
and Sherwood volunteered at ACH events during the holiday stock sales to raise money for the event. The group raised
season, and Kohl’s Department Stores will donate a gift of $9,290 for ACH.
$3,500 to the hospital in their honor.
Students at Sparkman schools raised more than $1,500 for
Students in the Lake Hamilton Middle School FBLA raised ACH in October. Sparkman Elementary held a walk-a-
$1,000 by selling cookie dough and homemade treats. The thon, and Sparkman High School held a hat day.
donation is designated to the ACH PULSE (Pediatric
Understanding and Learning through Simulation Education) The Swampriders Motorcycle Club held two roadblocks
Center, which is devoted to educating pediatric caregivers at the Arkadelphia Wal-Mart and a party in Prescott to raise
through hands-on learning and practice with life-like robots. $5,794 for ACH.
ACH received a $5,000 grant from the Million Dollar For three days in December, Sissy’s Log Cabin in Pine Bluff
Round Table (MDRT) Foundation in Park Ridge, Ill. The held a “Where Wishes Become Miracles” event, donating a
grant is in support of ACH’s dental program, to help establish percentage of its proceeds from that time to ACH. The pro-
a new mobile dental clinic for special needs patients living in motion resulted in a gift of $5,000.
rural communities. ACH’s grant application was endorsed by
Hot Springs MDRT member Mack Koonce. Two jeans days and the annual “Truckin’ for a Cure” employee
campaign were held at J.B. Hunt Transport in Lowell,
The Old Town Cruisers car club held its annual car show resulting in a contribution of $15,508 that will be designated
benefiting ACH in September, raising $5,300. to Angel One® Transport, uncompensated care and pastoral
Barbara Hanna (middle), ACH Foundation board member from Fort Smith, with Sam and Frances Buchanan at the
2006 Miracle Ball. Frances is also an ACH Foundation board member and served as the 2006 Miracle Ball liaison.
Miracle Ball 2007 — Save the Date
Sold out months before its December date, Children’s Hall on the ACH campus. The
the 2006 Miracle Ball was a grand success 2007 event, chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Charles
and was attended by many friends of the H. Murphy III, will be another elegant
hospital as well as community leaders. evening of gourmet dining, live and silent
Please make plans to attend the 2007 auctions and dancing. For ticket and
Miracle Ball on Saturday, December 1, at sponsorship information, contact
Robin Rhoades, 501-364-1491.
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