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Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Growing To Meet The Needs Of Arkansas

Arkansas Children's Hospital has earned national recognition for its superb medical care, state-of-the-art facilities, and quality medical education. In addition, it is one of the 10 largest pediatric medical centers in the nation and cares for all children regardless of race, religion or inability to pay.

More than 9,000 infants, children, teen-agers and young adults were hospitalized last year at Arkansas Children's Hospital for treatments ranging from heart transplants to bone lengthening procedures.

Through an educational affiliation with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Children's Hospital serves as the site of pediatric training for medical students, post doctoral residents, nursing students and paramedical professionals. As a result, Arkansas' future physicians and health care professionals learn first-hand the excellent pediatric care practiced in our hospital.

Today, however, the face of medicine is changing, and more patients are now being served in ambulatory settings. This past year, the Children's Hospital Emergency Department cared for over 60,000 patients. Our General Pediatric Clinic recorded nearly 30,000 outpatient visits for primary and preventative care. These two areas, along with our 72 speciality/sub-speciality clinics, recorded more than 250,000 outpatient visits last year.

This past May, Dr. Jonathan Bates was selected as the hospital's new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Bates came to Arkansas Children's Hospital from Long Beach, Calif., where he served as administrator at Memorial Miller Children's Hospital. His experience as a physician and an administrator in one of the country's most challenging health care environments will enable Children's Hospital to remain a respected leader in pediatric medicine.

Children's Hospital is now entering one of the most exciting periods in the life of the institution as it turns a major focus on pediatric research, with the creation of Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute.

Tragically, countless questions remain unanswered regarding diseases which lessen the capabilities of far too many children. At the worst extreme, these unanswered questions can even shorten children's lives.

A major goal of the Research Institute is to reduce the cost of health care within our state and throughout the country.

The Research Institute is located in a 115,000 square-foot, four story facility and is undergoing substantial renovation so that physicians/researchers will have available the same level of quality in the research facilities as exists within the hospital's patient care facilities.

Three major Centers of Excellence will be housed in the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute: Nutrition; Alcohol, Drugs of Abuse and Environmental Toxins; and Brain Development. Five other Centers of Excellence will be implemented in the near future. These are: Health Policy, Clinical Pharmacology/Pediatric Drug Testing, Comprehensive Epilepsy, Parenting, and Cardiovascular/Pulmonary.

Research in children is much different and far more complex than it is in adults, requiring the use of different tools, resources and facilities. Although much is known about how a child's body functions in health and disease, it is surprising how much is not known. For example, very little is known about normal development of most organ systems. Because children have diseases related to development processes, much more information is required about how to diagnose many disorders and how to treat them without harming normal development and normal body function.

We look to the future with great hope for our children and for future generations of Arkansas. At the same time, we remain grateful for the special partnership Arkansas Children's Hospital shares with its countless friends throughout the state. Together, we will continue giving something very special to thousands of children...tomorrow.
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Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Aug 16, 1993
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