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Reynolds gift for Children's

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The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has given $1.4 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital in support of the neonatal intensive care unit.

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OCTOBER 8, 2009 -- The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation announced today that it has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The grant was given in honor of Barbara H. Hanna, for her years of service as a trustee of the Reynolds Foundation.
 
“Philanthropy and volunteer leadership are an extraordinary part of the hospital’s history. This gift is an example of both,” says John Bel, president of the ACH Foundation. “Barbara provided good counsel and thoughtful leadership as ACH Foundation board member. Now, once more, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has made a gift which will bring healing to children, and hope to their families.”
 
The grant will provide $300,000 in funding to support the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the South Wing, which is currently under construction. The South Wing, with 258,000 square feet of space, is the largest building project in the hospital’s history. When completed in 2012, the South Wing will bring the total number of hospital beds to 370.
 
 The remainder of the grant will establish a $1.1 million permanent endowment for the NICU, to be named the Barbara H. Hanna and Hanna McLauren Sanders Endowed Fund. Earnings from this fund will be used to provide medical education opportunities and support to NICU nurses and medical staff.
 
 “When I first became acquainted with ACH it was as a grandparent,” says Hanna. “My experience there instilled in me a love for the hospital and its mission of caring for our weakest and tiniest citizens. Personal attention and empathy were freely given by the doctors, nurses and every employee my family and I came to know. Hopefully, the money from the Reynolds Foundation will help continue the level of care and attention the ACH NICU is noted for, as well as provide the gift of education to future NICU nurses and doctors.”
 
As a long time supporter of the hospital, Hanna served on the ACH Foundation board of directors from 2004-2008. She had a personal experience with the hospital in 2000, when her granddaughter, Hanna McLauren Sanders, was treated there. Hanna was treated in the NICU at the hospital for almost two weeks. Now 9, she is doing well.
 
“We are pleased to honor Ms. Hanna’s fifteen years of service on the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation board with this grant to Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” says Fred W. Smith, Chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.  “The Reynolds Foundation has a history with the hospital, having previously funded the Donald W. Reynolds Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. We know with this gift we are supporting a very worthy cause.”
 
Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. The campus spans 28 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. ACH recently ranked No. 85 on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.
 
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.

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