Judd Hill Foundation Gives $1 Million to Centers for Children in Jonesboro

JONESBORO (Source: ACH) Tuesday, the Judd Hill Foundation announced a $1 million gift to Arkansas Children's Hospital to support the Centers for Children facility in Jonesboro, a collaborative of ACH and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics.

The Centers for Children at Jonesboro provides specialty health care closer to home for families in northeast Arkansas. Patients can schedule clinic visits and follow-up medical care at Centers instead of making the drive to ACH in Little Rock.

"Through the expertise of the doctors and staff at the Centers for Children, cutting-edge medical care is now accessible to children in our corner of the state," said Mike Gibson, trustee of the Judd Hill Foundation. "Some of these children don't have access to preventative care, while some just aren't able to drive to Little Rock for a follow-up visit. The very best in pediatric health care should be available here in northeast Arkansas, and we are delighted to support it."

Currently, there are seven different specialty clinics offered in Jonesboro, including neurology, cardiology, developmental rehab, neurosurgery, surgery and urology. This gift from the Judd Hill Foundation means that more diagnostic services and specialty clinics can be added in the near future.

"Arkansas Children's Hospital is committed to improving the health of children across the entire state of Arkansas," said Marcy Doderer, FACHE, president and CEO of ACH. "We believe that creating easy access to subspecialty care closer to home will result in quicker assessment of children with health problems and a faster time to healing. We are very grateful to Mike Gibson and to the Judd Hill Foundation for helping create the possibility of a healthier future for children in northeast Arkansas."

"The Centers for Children along with the UAMS Regional Center allow us to further expand the health care services provided to families of Northeast Arkansas," said UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, MD. "It is because of generous gifts like the one we received today that this affiliation and others allow UAMS to continue our efforts at bringing the best care closest to home."

The $1 million gift from the Judd Hill Foundation honors the legacy of Esther Chapin, who started the foundation in 1985. Chapin owned the Judd Hill Plantation in Poinsett County until her death in 1991. Chapin was keenly aware of the great need for rural health care and made promoting access to health care a cornerstone of the foundation.

This gift is being celebrated as part of the Century of Possibility Centennial Campaign, which will raise $160 million in support of pediatric care, research, education and prevention programs at ACH. The campaign has already raised $147 million and will conclude in December 2014.{}