US-based Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) has unveiled plans to develop a new hospital campus in Springdale, which will involve an investment of $184m during the next five years.

The new facility will be constructed on 37 acres of land that was contributed by David and Cathy (George) Evans, Gary and Robin George and their families.

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Arkansas Children’s Hospital senior vice-president Dr Robert Steele said: "Today, this project represents an estimated investment of $184m over the next five years.

"We are very grateful to Cathy and David Evans and Robin and Gary George for their vision and commitment."

"The ultimate scope and success of the project will depend greatly on generous individuals, corporations and foundations supporting the construction effort."

Springdale campus is part of ACH’s strategy to expand its paediatric services across Arkansas.

The new 225,000ft² facility will comprise 24 inpatient beds, emergency department/urgent care centre with 21 exam rooms, 30 clinic exam rooms and five operating rooms.

It will also feature new imaging capabilities such as MRI, CT and routine x-ray, diagnostic services such as infusion, PFT, EEG, echo, neurophysiology, audiology and rehabilitation, as well as a helipad with refuelling station.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital chief development officer Fred Scarborough said: "We are very grateful to Cathy and David Evans and Robin and Gary George for their vision and commitment. May it inspire others to lend their support to this project."

With 500 physicians, 95 residents in paediatrics and paediatric specialities, ACH currently includes 370 beds.

Image: Front entrance of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Photo: courtesy of Wasted Time R.