LOWELL, Ark. — J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. recently announced the company has awarded a $5 million gift to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, AR. The gift is designated specifically for the second floor of the new South Wing, which began construction in 2008 and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2012.
“We are delighted to be able to provide a contribution to Arkansas Children’s Hospital toward the construction of this much-needed addition,” said Thompson. “The hospital does such a wonderful job and plays an important role in the lives of J.B. Hunt employees and their families. We are pleased to be a part of helping expand their world-class facilities and making their services available to a larger number of people across all of Arkansas.”
Mr. Thompson made the gift announcement at the South Wing topping out ceremony, which marked a milestone in the construction project. The event gave participants the opportunity to sign one of two final construction beams, each covered in thousands of signatures and well-wishes, and be a part of the hospital’s history.
The South Wing will create an additional 54 inpatient beds, expanding the hospital’s pediatric Heart Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and increasing the total bed availability to 370. Also included in the new $115 million wing are new and relocated Hematology/ Oncology and Infant-Toddler units, as well as a new Emergency Department with an orthopedics suite, decontamination unit and dedicated trauma rooms. Expanded clinic space will include 56 new exam rooms and 19 additional procedural or diagnostic rooms. The South Wing was funded through cash reserves, philanthropic donations and bonds.
About Arkansas Children’s Hospital
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(R). For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.
About J.B. Hunt
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. focuses on providing safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach, we provide capacity-oriented solutions centered on delivering customer value and industry-leading service.
Our stock is traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBHT and is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the NASDAQ-100 Index. For more information about our Company, visit www.jbhunt.com.