What Circle of Friends Supports
South Wing Construction: Hematology/Oncology Clinic
Arkansas Children's Hospital is growing to create more space for clinics and patient rooms to provide more opportunities to care for children in Arkansas and beyond. The new four-story South Wing will provide an additional 258,000 square feet of patient space and increase the number of beds to 370. The South Wing is set to open in summer 2012.
In 2011, Circle of Friends committed to $2.5 million over five years for the Hematology/Oncology Clinic. More than 90% of all Arkansas pediatric cancer patients are treated at ACH. The Hematology/Oncology Clinic records more than 6,200 patient visits with 100 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.
The new clinic will more than double the size of the current clinic, so patients will be placed in a room and seen by a doctor more quickly. The clinic is also growing from five exam rooms to 11, from two procedure rooms to four and from a shared four-bed infusion room to six private infusion rooms. There will also be an open-infusion space overlooking a healing garden.
The Hematology/Oncology Clinic features all private exam and procedure rooms with more space for patients and their families, which often includes grandparents and siblings. The outdoor-healing garden will be accessible only to hematology/oncology patients who may have weakened immune systems and are often not allowed to visit the hospital playrooms and other common areas.
Community Outreach programs are just another way that Arkansas Children’s Hospital strives to make a positive impact on children throughout our state. As Arkansas’ only pediatric medical center, ACH has taken a proactive leadership role in reaching children and families with informative and fun health education. ACH has developed several statewide outreach programs with a focus on wellness, prevention and health promotion.
The Community Outreach department was started 13 years ago with funds raised by Circle of Friends. Community Outreach representatives, in their travels across Arkansas, devote time and resources to equip communities with the information necessary to encourage healthy behaviors in children. In addition to fire safety, other programs provided by Community Outreach include ATV and bicycle safety, child-passenger safety and general wellness.
Miracles are celebrated throughout the year at Arkansas Children's Hospital – children successfully beating cancer; premature infants who finally get to go home; babies having innovative surgery to repair birth defects.
These miracles often begin at Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI).
Research is a vital part of the care given to patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Physicians pride themselves on providing “bench-to-bedside” care, which refers to a research approach that strives to bring advances from the laboratory to the bedside as quickly as possible to benefit patients.
Circle of Friends is an integral part of that care due to the support of ACHRI. Researchers at ACHRI work to improve children’s health, development and well-being through researching new medical technologies and new means of preventing pediatric illnesses.
After Hours Resource Line
Kid’s Care, which is funded by Circle of Friends, provides after-hours telephone advice for parents of patients from community pediatricians throughout Arkansas and the General Pediatric Clinic at ACH. Approximately 55,000 calls are made to Kid’s Care each year. Half of the calls received each year do not require a visit to the emergency room. Instead, on-call nurses provide information to parents on how to deal with the situation at home, thus saving the family the trouble of a hospital visit.
By supporting this program, Circle of Friends is helping ensure that even when local clinic doors are closed, the doors to Arkansas Children's Hospital are always open.