CONTENTS ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pat McClelland, Chairman
M. Edward Drilling, Vice Chairman
Tom Baxter, Secretary
3 A MOTHER’S STORY Dorsey Jackson, Treasurer
Michele Moss, M.D., Chief of Staff
In her own words, Charlene Hornor tells the story Harry C. Erwin III, Past Chairman
of her daughter Catherine’s rocky arrival into the John Bale, Jr.
Jonathan Bates, M.D., President & CEO
world, a harried wait for air transport to Arkansas Ron Clark
Children’s Hospital and Catherine’s journey back Sue Cooper
to health with the support of ACH. Paul R. Hart
J. French Hill
Judge Marion Humphrey
Pictured: Catherine Hornor, 5, enjoyed the nice
3 weather during a trip to the beach this summer.
Richard F. Jacobs, M.D.
The weather was not so nice when Catherine Barbara Moore
struggled with health problems following her Beverly Morrow
Eduardo Ochoa, M.D.
birth and an ice storm hampered efforts to get Stan Roberts
her the medical attention she needed. Mark Saviers
Robert L. Shults
1 VERY IMPORTANT AREA OF Bonnie Taylor, M.D.
Everett Tucker III
HOSPITAL RECEIVES FACELIFT Rick Watkins
Charles B. Whiteside III
Approximately 331 patients and 225 visitors visit Kim Williams
the main playroom at ACH each month. That play- I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.
room recently received a fun and high-tech update,
thanks to the Elf Foundation and other supporters.
ACH RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The updated space has a campground theme and Ron Clark, Chairman
11 has been renamed Camp Wannaplay. Jonathan Bates, M.D.,
Vice Chairman for Finance & Admin.
Debra Fiser, M.D., Vice Chairman for Research
Pictured: Children who visit Camp Wannaplay can Robert Porter, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer
Richard F. Jacobs, M.D., President
watch movies, play video games, play, read and
Kanwaljeet “Sunny” Anand, M.B.B.S., D.Phil
do arts and crafts. M. Edward Drilling
14 THANKS FOR MAKING MIRACLES HAPPEN Tommy Hillman
Roger Rank, Ph.D.
The “Thanks to You” page features a listing of Mark Saviers
recent fundraising events and grants of more than I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.
$225,563 in support of programs and services at
ACH and the ACH Research Institute. We are so
grateful to the many people who organize and
support these events. Jonathan Bates, M.D., Chairman
Charles B. Whiteside III, Vice Chairman
14 Pictured: One of the events held recently to benefit
John E. Bel, President
John Bale, Jr.
ACH was the Capital City Classic, a football game Tom Baxter
between the University of Central Arkansas and Frances Buchanan
Henderson State University. Players from UCA, James Cobb
including Tristan Johnson, visited with ACH Dale Cook
Robert G. Cress
patients the day before the game. Don Edmondson
Harry C. Erwin III
President and Chief Executive Officer: Jonathan Bates, M.D. Barbara Hanna
Medical Director: Bonnie Taylor, M.D. Bryan Hill
President, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute: Richard F. Jacobs, M.D. Ross Honea
President, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation: John E. Bel Mark Larsen
Editor: Chris McCreight Diane Mackey
Design: Lori Howard Barlow, The Graphic Design Shop, Inc. Jim McClelland
Julia Peck Mobley
Photographers: Kelley Cooper, ACH Foundation Staff Bobby J. Neill
Contributors: Alyssa Anderson Robert Porter, M.D.
Sara M. Richardson
THE ACHIEVER Vicki Saviers
is published by Arkansas Children Hospital Foundation for friends of ACH. Witt Stephens, Jr.
800 Marshall Street, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591. Marianne Thompson
(501) 364-1476 • FAX (501) 364-3644 • TDD (hearing imparired) 364-1184 Tom Womack
PATIENTS AND FAMILIES WE HAVE KNOWN
The Day Arkansas
Saved My Baby’s Life Pictured here is Catherine Hornor at ACH when
she was just 15 days old. A humidifier on the
tube that was placed in her trachea at 12 days
old is helping Catherine breathe freely.
■ Charlene Hornor
O ur daughter Catherine was born at our local hospital
in northwest Arkansas in December 2001, but her life truly
to Springdale, where they intubated Catherine
within minutes and then flew her to Children’s
began in Little Rock on one terrifying — yet miraculous — Hospital.
day. The day Catherine was transported to
Catherine began fighting for her life immediately after Arkansas Children’s Hospital was a turning point
birth and was diagnosed with Pierre Robin Sequence (PRS). in her life and ours.
PRS is a combination of birth defects that usually include a At ACH, Catherine was under the care of
small lower jaw, cleft palate and a tendency for the tongue top-notch doctors who knew how to treat the
to “ball up” in the back of the mouth. We were told chil- specific problems of children. On New Year’s
dren who are born with PRS can be affected differently, but Day, our baby girl underwent surgery to have a
the primary complication is in the conflict between the two tube placed in her trachea to help her breathe
essential needs of breathing and eating. freely. We were told by her surgeon that, with
Several days after Catherine’s birth, we were discharged time, her jaw and airway would grow so she
from the local hospital and were unsure of what lay before would be able to breathe and eat at the same
us on the road ahead. It was around the holidays, so we time without the help of a trach.
tried to enjoy Christmas at home with our 3-year-old daugh- For nearly two weeks, our family was trained
ter, Caroline, and newborn Catherine. A terrible ice storm by doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital on
hit northwest Arkansas on Christmas day, and our electricity how to care for and feed a child with Catherine’s
went off and stayed off for three days. We held and played condition. The training was so important for our
with Catherine by candlelight, and during those dark and family to feel confident in going back home.
cold days, she became more and more difficult to feed. She At 9 months, Catherine had surgery to repair
was struggling to breathe while trying to drink each bottle, her cleft palate, and at 11 months, her trach was
and soon it became difficult for Catherine to breathe at all. removed. When she took her first breath without
Scared and confused, we took her to the local emer- the trach, we all cheered and celebrated. We will
gency room, where we were told we would need to send never forget that moment!
her to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. We were told a heli- Catherine is now almost 6 years old. She
copter would take her there so she could get the medical enjoys soccer and piano and wants to help sick
care she needed. Much to our dismay, we soon learned that dogs when she grows up.
the helicopters could not fly in the icy weather conditions You never know when you or someone you
and we would have to wait for the weather to pass. After love will be touched by Arkansas Children’s
24 hours of waiting, and several unsuccessful attempts at Hospital. It is truly a place of care, love and
intubation to help Catherine breathe, we were panicked. It hope, where miracles happen every day.
was then that our miracle came.
We were notified that an icy runway at Rogers Airport *Catherine Hornor designed one of the 2006
had been cleared for baby Catherine, and a medical air- cards for the ACH Auxiliary Holiday Card Project
plane was able to fly to Little Rock and pick up a medical (see page 15).
team, including Dr. Sunny Anand, a physician in the
pediatric intensive care unit at ACH. They all traveled back — Story republished with permission from Soiree magazine.
A month-long series of events in
Celebrating Miracles... November and December will help staff,
donors, patients and families celebrate
the season and the miraculous health
care that happens at ACH.
E very day at ACH, there are miracle stories — stories in
which a child no one thought would survive, does. No one expect-
Children’s Miracle Network “Light a Miracle Tree”
Month of December
ed 13-year-old Sarah Carney to live, but as you can read on page CMN national sponsor locations throughout Arkansas, such as
8, she did and is thriving. A miracle? Her family thinks so, and Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUBS, will be selling tree light paper icons
that’s what matters most. Sarah’s father, Kelly, gave us his take on for a $1 donation. For every miracle light icon sold, a light will
miracles: be lit on our Miracle Tree.
“Miracles don’t just happen. You have to set an environment —
leverage everything to the max — to be sure that a miracle can ACH Auxiliary Miracle Ball
happen, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital is excellent at that.” December 2, 6:30 p.m.
The word “miracle” can have different meanings for different This inaugural black-tie ball, presented by the ACH Auxiliary,
people, but like Kelly Carney, we think of miracles happening will be held on the ACH campus and will feature a cocktail hour,
in health care when a blend of science, skill, persistent dedication live and silent auctions, a gourmet dinner and entertainment by
— and sometimes great fortune — comes together. We also don’t Hunter Sullivan and his Swing Band. This event is sold out.
underestimate the role of family and faith, and ACH has an envi-
ronment supportive of those elements as well. Breakfast with Santa •December 9, 8-1 a.m. 1
It is in the spirit of taking time to celebrate these miracles that Committee for the Future is presenting this first-time event,
the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation is marking the holiday held on the ACH campus. Children will enjoy pancakes made
season with a series of events in November and December. We and served by Little Rock firemen, photos with Santa, music,
celebrate the miraculous health care that occurs every day on games and crafts. Tickets are $10 per person. For tickets or more
behalf of the children of Arkansas and invite our friends and information, call 501-364-1250.
family to join us.
Festival of Stars Toy Drive • December 14-16
Arkansans are encouraged to bring toy donations to ACH dur-
Miracle Month Events & Activities ing three days of Festival of Stars. See page 9 for times and more
details, or visit the ACH Volunteer Opportunities page at
Holiday Card Project • October-December www.archildrens.org and click on the Festival of Stars logo.
The ACH Auxiliary sells patient-designed holiday cards as a
fundraiser. See page 15 of this magazine for more details, or visit Miracle Makers • Year round
the website at www.archildrens.org and click on the holiday card The Miracle Makers program is a year-round effort, but this
icon. If your child/grandchild, etc. has been a patient at ACH and season offers a perfect opportunity to become a Miracle Maker
would like to submit artwork for consideration for next year’s and help keep miracles happening at ACH. Miracle Makers
project, please call 501-364-1420, or mail submission(s) to: Holiday pledge to give a monthly donation, either through credit card or
Card Project, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, 800 electronic funds transfer. Call 501-364-1477 for more information
Marshall Street, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202. or visit www.archildrens.org and click on the “Donate Now” icon.
Playaway Gift Shop “Purchase a Miracle” and Holiday
Card Artist Reception • November 14, 5-8 p.m. WAYS YOU CAN HELP
(or shop the Playaway Gift Shop all season to benefit ACH patients)
During this holiday season, there are ways you can help
The Playaway Gift Shop in the ACH lobby is a fundraising
celebrate and continue the miracles at ACH:
endeavor of the ACH Auxiliary, with 100 percent of net proceeds
• Bring toys during Festival of Stars.
benefiting the hospital. The Auxiliary will kick off the holiday
• Attend a Miracle Month event.
shopping season and honor the holiday card artists at this event.
• Purchase your family’s or company’s holiday cards from the
Call the gift shop at 501-364-1209 for hours.
Auxiliary’s Holiday Card Project.
• “Purchase a Miracle” at the Playaway Gift Shop this holiday
• Become a Miracle Maker monthly donor.
• Share this information with co-workers, friends and family.
Retired Medical Director with
Rich History Supports ACH
through Life Insurance Policy
■ Alyssa Anderson
I t is often said that Arkansas Children’s Hospital is a place where mira-
cles happen every day. No one knows the truth to that statement better
Retired Medical Director Dr. Betty Lowe
says “something good happened every
day” while she was at ACH.
than Dr. Betty Lowe, former medical director and current financial con-
tributor to the hospital.
Dr. Lowe experienced — and helped make happen — the “miracle” During the dinner, Dr. Waddell, a pediatrician
of the hospital’s transformation from a tiny facility with 45 beds and less in Fort Smith, invited Lowe to spend the day in
than 10 doctors to the world-class facility it has become today. Her pas- her practice. Lowe took Waddell up on the offer,
sion for Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the reason she continues to give and that trip helped her make the decision to
her time and money today, despite her retirement in 2002. attend medical school. A passionate teacher in
“It’s just an outstanding place, and it truly does contribute,” Lowe medical school, Dr. Katie Dodd, was responsible
says of the hospital. for Lowe’s specific interest in pediatrics.
Lowe completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for She says she has never regretted her decision
Medical Sciences in 1956 and went to Children’s Medical Center in to go into medicine.
Boston for her pediatric residency. She returned to Arkansas in 1959 as “I loved it,” Lowe says of her career as a
chief resident for her fourth year of residency and then practiced general pediatrician. “I have always thoroughly enjoyed
pediatrics in private practice for several years. In 1975, she returned to what I was doing, whether it was in private prac-
UAMS as director of education at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and then tice or at Children’s Hospital.”
served as medical director from 1976 until her retirement in 2002. In addition to her rich history as a physician
Lowe was at Children’s Hospital in the 1970s when former CEO and administrator, Lowe also supports ACH finan-
Leland McGinnis had the dream of building an up-to-date hospital. She cially. Not only has she made numerous cash
was medical director when the ACH campus began really developing, gifts, but she also has donated two life insurance
and she continued teaching and practicing medicine while serving in the policies. With the most recent life insurance gifts,
administrative position. Her influential role in the growth of the hospital Lowe made Children’s Hospital the beneficiary of
is undeniable, but she is quick to recognize others for the roles they her policy and also receives tax credit for paying
have played in her success and the hospital’s success. the premium on her policy each year. She says
“I have to admit, I owe a lot to my parents,” she says. it’s an affordable donation and will be a good
Lowe’s parents were school teachers, and they liked working in small return on her money in the long run.
schools. They moved every two or three years until Lowe was in high Lowe says she gives back to the hospital
school, when they finally found a permanent home in Fourche Valley. because it feels right.
“Both of my parents were good teachers, but my mother was superb “I have been able to achieve an occupation
in her support of kids. She insisted that all children could do well — that I truly loved and enjoyed my entire life, plus
would do well — and then helped them in any way she could.” a reasonable level of financial comfort,” Lowe
It was expected that Lowe and her three siblings would go to col- says. “You get to the point where you say to
lege, but it was up to them to decide what to do after they got there. yourself that you’d like to give back. It’s only
Lowe took many different classes her freshman year, but becoming a fair.”
member of the pre-med club was a turning point. She encourages others who might be think-
“Three lady physicians, Dr. Ruth Lesh, Dr. Louise Henry and Dr. Pearl ing about supporting the hospital to evaluate it
Waddell, had a special dinner for all the women on the University of like they would any charity. She says they should
Arkansas campus who perhaps might be interested in medicine,” Lowe become interested and knowledgeable so they
remembers. “We all went — all seven or eight of us! They were such truly understand what the hospital contributes to
pleasant people, and these women were obviously doing something they the health of children in Arkansas.
Where Miracles Begin
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute
and Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center
Celebrate Expansion and Progress Former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator Dale
Bumpers was the keynote speaker at the dedication
T he Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI)
and Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC) celebrated the
ceremonies for the expansion project for the Arkansas
Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Arkansas
Children’s Nutrition Center.
expansion of their facilities at an open house on October 27.
Employees, board members and special guests gathered to dedi- their communities through health promotion, outcomes, services
cate the new space and celebrate the progress and future of the and prevention research; identifying the link between obesity
two institutions. and breast cancer; developing strategies to prevent childhood
“Finding new and better ways to improve children’s health obesity; and improving the lives of children with allergic and
through biomedical research is the goal of all investigators at respiratory disorders. Researchers at ACNC are investigating
ACHRI. Biomedical research is the cornerstone of these health how diet and dietary factors that optimize nutritional status pro-
and medical care advances,” said Richard Jacobs,* M.D., ACHRI mote development and health of children from conception
president, during the ceremony. “We have long had a slogan though adolescence, maximize their health as adults and pre-
that Arkansas Children's Hospital is a place where miracles hap- vent disease.
pen every day, and research is where miracles begin.” The expansion of ACHRI and ACNC totals approximately
Former Governor of Arkansas and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers 54,000 square feet. In concert with its expansion, ACHRI
participated in the dedication ceremonies. renovated second-floor research spaces of the original research
“Dale Bumpers and his wife, Betty, have long been friends of building for additional investigators to locate to the ACH cam-
children and of children’s health care,” said Dr. Jacobs in his pus. The new ACHRI and ACNC facilities will allow for the
introduction of Bumpers. “As governor, Mr. Bumpers was expansion of existing research programs, development of new
focused on children’s health care and helped ensure that programs and recruitment of new faculty.
Medicaid was available to Arkansas children, and as a senator, The new large and open laboratory spaces at ACNC will be
when he was chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations shared by multiple researchers, maximizing opportunities for
Subcommittee, he played a key role in designating the ACNC as communication and collaboration.
a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition center.” “The openness is an important element because it means our
The ACH board established ACHRI in 1989, and ACH official- researchers see each other more,” said Thomas Badger,* Ph.D.,
ly opened ACHRI on its campus in 1992. ACHRI provides an on- director of ACNC. “In addition, we have designed the spaces to
site research environment for the University of Arkansas for be more functional, which allow us to do things in a more effi-
Medical Sciences faculty serving as physicians at the hospital. cient way than we could before.”
The establishment of ACHRI created an atmosphere conducive With the latest expansion, the total space on the ACH cam-
to collaboration and nurturing of interdisciplinary research pus dedicated to pediatric research is more than 160,000 square
In 1995, the Agricultural Research Service, the chief scientific Today, more than 100 pediatric researchers with expertise
research agency of the USDA, established its sixth National and experience that span the breadth of medical disciplines
Human Nutrition Center, the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition comprise the institute’s roster of investigators. The grant rev-
Center, on the campus of ACH. The ACNC building was the first enue of their research was $18.6 million for fiscal year 2006, of
expansion of ACHRI. Unlike other USDA nutrition centers, the which $11.6 million was obtained from federal sources.
ACNC research facilities were not built with federal appropria- “Research is about pursuing discovery and asking questions,”
tions but with private contributions raised by the Arkansas said Dr. Jacobs in closing. “There are three virtues that power
Children’s Hospital Foundation. us in our search — unbridled curiosity, imagination and explo-
“In this day and time, a state cannot prosper without ration — and these virtues are evidenced everywhere in this
research,” said Bumpers. “This celebration of the research that building. We are pursuing answers to questions that will make
has been taking place and will take place is an important mile- children happy and healthy.”
stone and point of pride for Arkansas.”
Research programs at ACHRI are investigating the biological *Richard Jacobs, M.D., F.A.A.P., is president of ACHRI, physician in
mechanisms underlying diabetes-related complications; decreas- pediatric infectious disease at ACH, Horace C. Cabe Professor of
Pediatrics and interim chairman of the department of pediatrics at
ing the prevalence and impact of birth defects in Arkansas and UAMS College of Medicine.
throughout the nation; testing medications to develop the appro- *Thomas Badger, Ph.D., is director of ACNC and professor of physiol-
priate dosages; improving the health of children, families and ogy/biophysics at UAMS College of Medicine.
H O S P I TA L N E W S
Two Physicians in Two Weeks Honored with Endowed Chairs
■ Alyssa Anderson
I n two investiture ceremonies in
two weeks, Dr. Charles Bower,*
Bower called Seibert a phe-
nomenal person, a true
Renaissance man, a gentleman and
chief of pediatric otolaryngology at an expert in everything he touch-
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and es. “He’s the one we ought to
Dr. Robert Jaquiss,* chief of pedi- honor today,” Bower said.
atric cardiothoracic surgery at ACH, The James H. Hamlen,
were honored as distinguished II/Robert Seibert, M.D. Endowed
endowed chairholders by ACH and Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology
the University of Arkansas for was made possible by a bequest
Medical Sciences (UAMS). from Little Rock businessman
“I feel like we do this every Dr. Robert Jaquiss (middle), poses with a group of James H. Hamlen, II. Hamlen’s
Thursday,” joked UAMS chancellor Log A Load volunteers who helped make possible interest in ACH began many years
Dr. I. Dodd Wilson before a large the Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Endowed ago when the daughter of one of
crowd in Chairman’s Hall. Chair. Pictured, from left, are: Susan Glaze, Holley his employees received surgery at
Bower was honored with the Wilson, Harrell Wilson, Grant Pace, Jaquiss, Kip the hospital. Her surgery was per-
James H. Hamlen, II/Robert Seibert, Queathem, Gay Pace, Kelly Robbins, Ritchie formed by Seibert, the physician
M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Shields and Anna Swaim. who built the ear, nose and throat
Otolaryngology on October 19, and program at ACH and who has
Jaquiss was invested as holder of been a teacher and mentor to
the Log A Load For Kids Endowed many ENT students.
Chair in Pediatric Cardiovascular A very different kind of donor
Surgery on October 26. funded the Endowed Chair in
“There’s no greater illustration Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery,
of respect than to entrust the care which was presented to Jaquiss on
of your own child to someone,” October 26. Log A Load for Kids is
said Dr. Debra Fiser, dean of the a group of loggers and forestry
UAMS College of Medicine, during professionals who work together
Bower’s investiture ceremony. “Dr. to raise money for patients at
Bower operated on my daughter ACH.
this summer, which I think says During the investiture ceremo-
Dr. Robert Seibert (left), congratulates Dr. Charles ny, Anna Swaim, Arkansas Forestry
more than anything else I might Bower on his honor as the holder of the James H. Association communications direc-
say.” Hamlen, II/Robert Siebert, M.D. Endowed Chair.
Dr. James Suen, chairman of tor, spoke of the similarities
otolaryngology/head and neck sur- between forestry professionals and
gery at UAMS, spoke of Bower’s residency 25 years ago. the medical professionals at ACH.
“We’ve had some outstanding residents come through,” “These are all highly trained and skilled people,” Swaim
Suen began. “When I operate, I’m always trying to think began. “They use high tech, expensive equipment, and they
ahead, and residents are usually two to three steps behind work with complex natural systems. And more than anything,
me. Chuck impressed me because he was one of the few they’re taking care of children. Log A Load volunteers and
residents who was almost always ahead of me. That was a donors believe that supporting Arkansas Children’s Hospital is
tremendous asset.” an investment with the highest rate of return, and that’s why
Suen also spoke of Dr. Robert Seibert, retired chief of we were eager to fund this endowment.”
pediatric ear, nose and throat at ACH and for whom the Jaquiss, who came to ACH from the Children’s Hospital of
endowed chair is partially named. Wisconsin in November 2005, took a moment during the
“Dr. Seibert is a jewel,” Suen said. “While at ACH, he investiture ceremony to remember Dr. Jonathan Drummond-
was known throughout the country for cleft lips and palates, Webb, former holder of the Log A Load Chair who passed
and we had many fellows who wanted to come here and away in December 2004.
train under him.” Continued on page 13
Inspires Couple to Support ACH
■ Alyssa Anderson
B etta Carney believes in miracles. A little over three
years ago, her granddaughter Sarah’s life was saved by
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and today she and her hus-
band support the hospital financially so that others may
experience a miracle, too.
“You just don’t get the full impact of what happens at Betta Carney (left) and her granddaughter Sarah go
Arkansas Children’s Hospital until you experience it first- through a binder with all the letters and photos from
hand,” Carney says. “You feel a bonding with the hospital Sarah’s stay at ACH. Sarah’s experience led to Betta’s
as you meet other families and see what goes on all the financial support of the hospital.
time. We were fortunate because we were blessed — it was
meant to be, in my opinion.”
At age 13, Sarah Carney suffered an anoxic injury after school, hanging out with friends and playing her saxo-
losing oxygen for eight to 10 minutes. She was rushed to phone. Sarah’s future goal is to get her doctorate in
the emergency room in Jacksonville and then immediately physical therapy and work at ACH one day.
transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where doctors “Sarah’s life was saved, but miracles don’t just hap-
kept her in an induced coma and kept her body tempera- pen,” says her dad, Kelly Carney. “You have to set an
ture very cold for several days to help prevent brain environment — leverage everything to the max — to be
swelling. sure that a miracle can happen, and Arkansas Children’s
No one expected her to live. Dozens of relatives rushed Hospital is excellent at that. When you’re a father search-
to her side. ing for a miracle, it’s really nice to know that the deck is
“I think, at one time, we had about 28 family members stacked in your favor.”
in the intensive care unit waiting room,” Betta Carney Because of Sarah’s experience, Betta Carney and her
remembers. husband, Pat Ferry, recently chose to make Arkansas
After a few weeks, Sarah had made it through the dan- Children’s Hospital the beneficiary of a charitable
ger zone as far as her life was concerned, but she wasn’t remainder trust (CRT). A CRT is an arrangement in
living just yet. She spent two months at Arkansas Children’s which money, securities or other assets are transferred to
Hospital doing speech, occupational and physical therapy, a trust that will then pay the donor an income for life or
and then six months at Timber Ridge Ranch in Benton. for a period of years. The trust can also pay an income
“She had to relearn everything,” says Sarah’s mom, Lisa to another beneficiary of the donor’s chooing, At the
Holloway-Sugg. “It was a slow process, but you could see death of the surviving beneficiary, the remaining princi-
her improving all the time.” pal in the trust goes to a charity like ACH.
There were small victories along the way, such as the “We wanted to do something that would honor Sarah
time Betta reached up to change the channel on the televi- and the good work that’s been done at Children’s,”
sion and Sarah said, “don’t change that,” and the time Carney says. “I took some proceeds from the sale of my
Sarah’s mom rolled her up to a computer in the waiting company, World Wide Travel Service, to fund the trust.
room and she typed in the Hotmail web address. Because I had been fortunate in my career, I thought,
“She wanted to check her e-mail,” Holloway-Sugg what better thing to do than to support the hospital.”
laughs. “This was before she was really speaking or any- Carney says she would encourage others to also
thing.” think about giving their time and money to Arkansas
Today, Sarah is 17 years old, and although her physical Children’s Hospital.
therapy is ongoing and she still visits Arkansas Children’s “They should think of their families and the fact that
Hospital once a year for check-ups, she basically lives the we have a place like this in Little Rock,” Carney says.
life of a normal teenager. She enjoys listening to music, “And if anything happens, hopefully a miracle will hap-
watching television, playing on the Internet, going to pen for them as well.”
H O S P I TA L N E W S
ACH Named One of America’s Best
Pediatric Hospitals by U.S. News & Back
World Report Two Years in a Row ack!
F or the second year in a row,
Arkansas Children’s Hospital has
“We have one focus and that focus is on our patients
and their families,” says Jonathan Bates, M.D., president
been nationally recognized as one of and CEO of ACH. “From our medical staff to the greeters
the top children’s hospitals in America. at every entrance of our hospital, we strive to make every
According to U.S. News & World moment of the hospital experience one that is safe, posi-
Report’s “Amerca’s Best Hospitals” edi- tive and as kid-friendly as it can be. We are certainly
tion, ACH was ranked among the top 25 honored to be recognized for our efforts and know they
pediatric hospitals in the country. are important in making a difference in public health.”
Toy Donation Drive Aims to Make
Spirits Brighter for ACH Patients
During the Holidays
Three days indates for holiday toy donations to ACH.
December have been set aside as desig- Any business, organization or person can help make
the season a little brighter for patients in the hospital
Festival of Stars will be held December 14-16 in ACH’s during the holidays by donating toys from ACH’s holi-
main lobby. Musical performances day wish list. Items on the
in the lobby will be scheduled list include: bubbles, hand-
each day of Festival of Stars, and held games, dolls, art sets,
volunteers will be on hand to card games, coloring books,
assist donors. board games, journals, dis-
“We wanted to designate spe- Festival of Stars Schedule posable cameras, stacking
cific days and times for holiday rings, batteries and many
toy donations so we could have a Thursday, December 14 other things. For a more
fun, festive atmosphere for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. detailed list, click on the
donors, and so we could ensure Festival of Stars logo on the
that we have plenty of volunteers volunteer page at
Friday, December 15 www.archildrens.org or call
on hand to help out with the
10 a.m.-7 p.m. 501-364-1825.
unloading and storing of dona-
tions,” says Robin Armstrong,
director of volunteer services. Saturday, December 16
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK
Will Golf 4 Kids
In Two Days, Golfers Made Great Progress
Toward Fulfilling a Promise to Raise
$1.5 Million for Transport Endowment
Mike Sewell (left) and Mike White (right), co-chairs
T he 13th annual Will Golf 4 Kids event was held August
23-24. Approximately 900 golfers converged in Bella Vista from
of the Will Golf 4 Kids committee, were joined by
former Dallas Cowboys player Emmitt Smith and
former ACH cancer patient Abby Grant for the
all over the country. check presentation of $560,000 to ACH.
The speakers for the Wednesday evening celebration dinner
were the Grant family from Rogers. Abby, age 10, was joined Will Golf 4 Kids raised nearly $560,000 this year, and
on the stage by her parents, Dale and Joanie. Dale Grant proceeds will go toward the group’s three-year pledge
shared the story of their family’s experience at ACH during to raise $1.5 million for the Angel One Transport
Abby’s treatment for cancer. endowment.
The other special guest for the evening was former Dallas Will Golf 4 Kids is organized by a volunteer commit-
Cowboys player Emmitt Smith. Smith assisted with the live auc- tee of Wal-Mart vendor and supplier representatives who
tion, which included several items he donated to the event. work year round to plan the event.
Will Golf 4 Kids chair Mike White,
auctioneer Gary Cooper and
former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt
Smith were a blur of movement
as they encouraged the flurry
of bids for an Emmitt Smith
autographed jersey and football.
Log A Load For Kids Raises $150,000 in Recent Events
T wo recent fish fry and auc-
tion events, organized by the
raise funds for local children’s
hospitals associated with the
Central Arkansas and Children’s Miracle Network. For the
Monticello Log A Load chap- last two years, Arkansas has been
ters, and a golf tournament the highest fundraising state in the
coordinated by the program.
Glenwood chapter, raised Since 1993, the Arkansas Log A
$150,000 for ACH. Load group has raised more than
Log A Load is currently $3.3 million for programs at ACH,
raising funds toward a $1 including transport endowment and
million pledge to support the One of the highlights of most Log A funding of the Log A Load For Kids
imaging/MRI program. Load events is the auction of loads of Endowed Chair in Pediatric
Log A Load is a national logs donated by logging companies. Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Robert
giving program that brings Truckloads of logs are a very visual Jaquiss became the second holder
together loggers and other symbol at almost all Log A Load events. of that chair on October 26 (see
forest products people to story page 7).
Newly Renovated Playroom Allows Patients to
Temporarily Leave the Reality of Being in the Hospital
A t some point in time everyone, regardless of age or
circumstance, needs an escape to a happier place; a
The high-tech aspects of the area include a movie
screen and projector, 32-inch TV screens, computers,
place that is secluded and safe, where they are free to X Box 360s and a DVD/CD player.
relax. At ACH, that place is one of the many playrooms The project was made possible, in part, with help
scattered throughout the hospital. The main playroom, from the Elf Foundation, a non-profit organization
located on the third floor, recently was renovated and founded in 2001 and based in Hollywood, Calif., with a
dubbed “Camp Wannaplay.” mission of creating rooms of magic for patients at chil-
Designers, following the hospital-wide theme of dren’s hospitals across America.
“Arkansas — The Natural State,” transformed the play “In 2002, I read an article about the Elf Foundation
area into a campground. The decor features two over- and its mission in an audio/video magazine, and I
sized artificial oak trees; murals depicting baby animals in knew that I had to make this happen at Arkansas
a woodland setting; flooring in a pond theme that Children’s Hospital,” said Jon-Claude Jenkins, project
includes laminate frogs, fish, turtles and lily pads; craft coordinator and independent volunteer for the project.
tables and chairs resembling tree trunks; and a fishing Those involved say it is gratifying to see how a
boat sensory table. Patients and their families can spend simple change in environment can affect a child’s
time together watching movies on the 8-foot movie behavior, attitude and outlook, and they hope they
screen that drops down from the ceiling, take part in arts have contributed to a happier visit and a more positive
and craft projects, read books in the hideaway tree space outcome for all of the children who visit this playroom.
and many other activities. Other contributors to Camp Wannaplay include the
“Sometimes the best medicine for a child is to simply John Boyd Family Endowment for Child Life, Cromwell
let them be a child,” says Gloriane Kabat, director of the Architects, Custom Audio and Video, and Nabholz
child life and education department at ACH. “Camp Construction.
Wannaplay gives children the feeling of a magical wood-
land experience and helps them forget they’re in the hos-
Flakes Donate $1 Million to ACH
K aren and John Flake announced in September
a gift of $1 million to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
serve children and their families. This marvelous gift
will help speed this work along, and we certainly
John Flake is a real estate developer, and Karen will need space to house those services.”
Flake is the chief executive officer of a marketing The Flakes maintain residences in both Little Rock
research firm. and Fayetteville.
The $1 million gift to ACH is designated toward “We knew that Arkansas Children’s Hospital had
development of an Arkansas Children’s Hospital interest in serving northwest Arkansas, and we want-
facility in northwest Arkansas. ed to provide them with some assistance in reaching
“The hospital is currently working with medical their objective,” says John Flake.
and community leaders in northwest Arkansas to “We are grateful for the support of Karen and
determine what pediatric services are needed and John Flake and their foresightedness in anticipating
how best to provide such services,” says Jonathan future needs for pediatric services in the fastest grow-
Bates, M.D., president and CEO of ACH. “These ing part of Arkansas,” says Bates.
collaborative efforts are focused on how to best
A U X I L I A RY G R O U P S
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends events held August-October, 2006.
• Northwest Arkansas, “You’ve Been Suckered”
• Faulkner County, Stargazers Ball, $6,000
• Spring River, Fall Festival, $22,000
• Paragould, Radiothon with 107.1 The Ridge, $13,000
• Paragould, Kampaign for Kids, $10,435
Patient Jessica Easley and Maggie, a
Phone Phrenzy Great Dane, were two of the guests at
Phone Phrenzy is an event organized by Circle of Friends chap- the T.A.I.L.S. fifth birthday party.
ters. Volunteers gather for an evening of food, fun and phoning on
behalf of the patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. All callers
are encouraged to contact only friends and family — no cold call-
ing is allowed. A Tail-Wagging
• Lawrence County, $10,000
Kids Caring for Kids
Through the Kids Caring for Kids program, students may partic-
ipate in fundraising events that combine learning math, spelling
and reading along with the value of helping others. Other activities
include trike-, bike- or walk-a-thons or multi-school challenge
T he Child Life and Education depart-
ment at ACH just celebrated the fifth
events. Circle of Friends chapters work with schools in their com- birthday of its animal assisted therapy
munities to organize these programs. program at ACH, also known as
• Jonesboro Circle of Friends University Heights Elementary T.A.I.L.S. (Therapeutic Animal
School Walk-a-thon, $3,959 Interventions Lift Spirits). Since the
program began, 22 certified dogs have
Circle of Friends members work to promote children’s health taken part in the program, helping to
through education, advocacy and fundraising for Arkansas brighten patients’ days at ACH as well
Children's Hospital, the state’s only pediatric medical facility. as assist in their therapy. All participat-
Circle of Friends chapters are scattered all over Arkansas. If you ing dogs are specially trained and
are interested in joining a group, please contact Anne Mcmains certified through the Delta Society.
at 501-364-5307 or email@example.com. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, a
pre-selected dog and his or her trainer
Some of the children of visit the hospital and participate in
Northwest Arkansas Circle group sessions. Patients can also
of Friends members got receive one-on-one visits in their
together to give thanks to rooms.
those who donated $23,000 Patients, staff, T.A.I.L.S. trainers and
through the “You’ve Been several dogs recently gathered in one
Suckered” campaign. Front of the hospital’s playrooms for a big
row (from left): Ty Smith birthday celebration. Patients made
and Jake Scott. Back row dog biscuits for the dogs, and the
(from left): Ella Garland, humans enjoyed cake.
Parker Blakey, Emma
Smith, Claire Scott, Emily
Furlow and Davis Blakey.
Castaways & Golfers
Gather for Fun
and Fundraising Committee for the Future president, Bryan
Hill (left), and golf classic chair, Steven
Ransdell, welcomed guests to the pre-tourna-
R evelers dressed in island attire enjoyed the annual Castaways
Party on Sunday, September 10, at Pleasant Valley Country Club in
ment Castaways Party.
Little Rock. The party was a prelude to the Arkansas Children’s
Hospital Classic, presented by Committee for the Future.
The golf tournament was held the Monday following the party.
The Classic was supported by headline sponsors Isle of Capri
Casino, Nabholz Construction and Windstream Communications.
Steven Ransdell and James Harkins co-chaired the Classic commit-
tee, and Katie Ransdell and Heather Harris co-chaired the
The two combined events netted more than $68,500 for ACH.
Committee for the Future is committing its 2006-07 fundraising
efforts to support the dental clinic, the simulation center, the
Research Institute and the group’s endowment fund.
Committee for the Future is a group of young professionals and
community leaders from central Arkansas who support the hospital
through fundraising and awareness projects. If you are interested One of the Isle of Capri teams enjoyed the
in more information about this group, please contact Carissa benefits of sponsorship — a round of golf
Wagnon at 501-364-1250. for a great cause.
Continued from page 7
“Dr. Drummond-Webb was a remarkable surgeon, a charis- An endowed chair creates a fund that is set aside in per-
matic individual and I think an inspiring leader for the people petuity with the earnings dedicated to the support of the
who worked with him and for him,” Jaquiss began. “I’m grate- chairholder. It is the highest honor bestowed upon distin-
ful for the standard of excellence he brought to the surgical guished faculty members at ACH and UAMS, and the practice
part of the institution and the very high bar he set for himself is steeped in history. The first named chair was established in
and the people around him. I’m also grateful for some recruit- England in 1502, when Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of the
ing he did, and by that I mean my partner, Dr. Michiaki Earl of Richmond (by then Henry VII) donated the Lady
Imamura. He is among the most talented pediatric heart sur- Margaret Professorship of Divinity to Cambridge. The first
geons in the world.” endowed chair in America was established at Harvard
Jaquiss also spoke of his entire heart team and said he is University 50 years before the American Revolution. Arkansas
very fortunate to be surrounded by such excellent people. Children’s Hospital established its first endowed chair in 1993,
His friend and colleague Dr. David Bichell, chief of pedi- and today that number has increased to 19.
atric cardiac surgery at Vanderbilt University, Monroe Carell
* Charles M. Bower, M.D., is chief of pediatric otolaryngology at ACH
Children’s Hospital, said of Jaquiss, “You are awarding this
and associate professor and vice chairman of otolaryngology-head and
chair to someone who I can assure you is not just going to sit neck surgery, UAMS College of Medicine.
in it, but someone who’s really going to be an extraordinary * Robert D.B. “Jake” Jaquiss, M.D., is chief of the pediatric cardiovascu-
advantage to this program and to this place.” lar surgery program at ACH and professor of surgery, UAMS College of
Thanks to You!
The following individuals, businesses, foundations and
organizations held fundraising events or made special
gifts to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital during the
last quarter. The time, talents and true acts of generos-
ity from these special people help us in our mission to
provide care, love and hope to patients and families.
Air Transport International raised $32,000 at its The Helena Health Foundation made a grant of
annual golf tournament held at Greystone Country $50,000 to support the exceptional needs program within
Club in Cabot. the hospital’s social work department.
Amy’s Angels is a group recently formed by Evette The 12th annual JM Products Invitational Charity
Brady and family to raise money for the kidney pro- Golf Classic was held September 18 at the Hot Springs
gram at ACH. Amy’s Angels was formed in memory of Country Club and raised $22,000.
Brady’s niece, Amy Daniels-Farver, who was a kidney
patient at ACH. The group hopes to raise $100,000 Rainbows for Kids was a first-time event organized and
over the next year with various fundraising activities. sponsored by The Little Red Fly Shop in Heber Springs.
To date, $20,000 has been raised. A dinner and recep- The event, held in August, featured games, auctions and
tion was held in September at Brady’s Restaurant prizes and raised $5,000. Next year’s event will feature a
1620. fishing tournament.
The second annual Arkadelphia Phone Phrenzy, a On June 7, the Little Rock Firefighters Local 0034 held
friends and family phoneathon, was held in October its 14th annual golf tournament, raising $9,000 to benefit
and raised $4,700. The callers were community volun- the ACH Burn Center. The group has raised a total of
teers and members of the Junior Auxiliary. more than $100,000.
The first college football game in Arkansas this year The
was between the University of Central Arkansas Bears Professional
and the Henderson State Reddies. The two in-state Firefighters of
teams came together in Little Rock for the second Little Rock par-
annual Capital City Classic. A portion of the ticket ticipated in a
proceeds benefited ACH. payroll deduc-
Prize watermelons were auctioned off at the Cave resulting in
City Watermelon Festival in August, raising $5,000 $12,000 being
for ACH. designated for
Opening day of dove hunting season was the setting Camp Sunshine
for the CenterPoint Energy Dove Hunt at Brantley is a four-day
Farms in England. The event raised $6,000 to be des- camp for burn Burn survivors give a thumbs up for the
ignated to uncompensated care. survivors 4-17 firefighters who help make Camp
years of age Sunshine possible.
Members of the insurance claims department, the with a goal of
agency force and vendors participated in the increasing self esteem and developing coping skills to
Farmer’s Insurance Golf Tournament held at the deal with the trauma they survived.
Course at Eagle Mountain in Batesville. Tournament
organizers designate their funds to the ACH Burn Trane Midsouth District Sales Office held its first golf
Center each year and this year raised $15,000. tournament on September 11 to benefit ACH. The event
was held at Hurricane Greens Golf Club in Bryant and
Statewide fundraising projects for the Fraternal raised $11,000.
Order of Eagles resulted in a donation of $15,863 to
ACH. The donation is designated for cancer research. Anglers participating in the White River Fisherman
Fishing Tournament on the White River, near Mountain
This was the first year that the Gilliam Farms View, helped raise more than $14,000.
Pumpkin Festival in Judsonia, now in its seventh
year, donated proceeds to ACH. The event raised
more than $4,000 and featured corn mazes, hay rides
and lots and lots of pumpkins.
Greetings that Give
C ards featuring original art by ACH patients offer a to the cards by ACH patients, a card by this year’s fea-
meaningful way to send your holiday greetings while tured artist, Gay Coe, is available.
supporting programs and services at Arkansas Children’s Cards and other items may be ordered online, by
Hospital. phone or at one of more than 30 retail outlets through-
Through the Holiday Card Project, an annual project out Arkansas.
of the ACH Auxiliary, patrons can purchase holiday For descriptions and prices of all products, log on to
cards, gift tags, photo cards and stationery. In addition www.archildrens.org and click on “Holiday Cards,” or
call for a brochure, 501-364-1259 or 800-595-6498.
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Lee and Bob Cress Board Room
Honors ACH Volunteers
Board members of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the ACH Foundation, the ACH Research Institute and other friends
gathered in September to dedicate the Lee and Bob Cress Board Room and honor the Cress’ for their combined
volunteer service and family philanthropy. During the dedication ceremony, the Cress’ shared memories of their time
at the hospital.
Lee Cress began her volunteer service at the hospital in 1958, doing crafts with the children. She was a founding
member of the Auxiliary in 1967, served as its president in 1984-85. In the years before and since, she has served in
almost every capacity and on every committee. She was a gift shop volunteer when the gift shop was just a mobile cart,
and still volunteers once a week in the current gift shop.
Bob Cress was asked to join the hospital board in 1964 and remained on the board until 1999. Highlights of his
board service include several stints as the nominating committee chair, chair of the board from 1976-79 and participa-
tion in the hospital’s first statewide fundraising campaign, an effort to raise $3.2 million. He currently serves on the
ACH Foundation board.
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