Arkansas Children’s Hospital received $1 million from the Dyer family for the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The donation came after Dyer Bailey received outstanding care from the hospital. Joanie and Jon Dyer the grandparents of Bailey Dyer was so inspired by the care that it prompted them to donate a hefty sum to the hospital.
Bailey was only 3 years old when he was flown to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in an Angel One helicopter. The child was admitted to an area hospital because he could not move his neck. It was found out by neurosurgeons at Little Rock that two of the child’s vertebrae were out of alignment. Physicians and nurses were able to restore full mobility to the child’s neck.
Jon Dyer stated that the care and attention given by doctors and staff in Little Rock was beyond measure. We are giving the gift to provide pediatric emergency services to other children in the region after Bailey received uniquely special care at the facility. The Emergency Department will be named after the Dyer family in honor of their gift to the Arkansas Children’s Northwest.
Trisha Montague, chief adminstrator of Arkansas Children's Nortwest and vice president of regional services stated that the hospital is grateful to the Dyer family for the commitment to the health of children in the region. The gift will help in healthcare delivery for children. The hospital has an area of 230,000 square feet and is being built on 37 acres near Arvest Ballpark and interstate 49 in Springdale as reported by Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
The new hospital has an estimated cost of $427.7 million over the next four years, which includes construction, equipment, technology and operating expenses. The Dyer family’s contribution will add to $57 million in other donations. The Arkansas Children’s Northwest is set to open in January 2018 and will have 24 inpatient beds, five operating rooms, an emergency department and 20 exam rooms which will support 20 subspecialty areas, a general clinic, nature trails, outdoor gardens, a helipad and fueling station, and interactive features to entertain children as reported by Arkansas Business.