Blogging from A-Z: Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “A.” (I’m blogging the alphabet in April. Read the details at Suzy & Spice here or the A-Z page here.)


For two days every March, the Little Rock radio station I listen to makes me cry on my way to work.

March is when Arkansas Children’s Hospital holds its annual Champions for Children Radiothon.

They’re shameless. (But in a good way.)

The radio hosts – who can get choked up right along with me – tell story after story of patients and their families whose lives have been touched by ACH staff, volunteers and donors. When they broadcast a little voice telling his or her story, I almost have to pull the car over. Waterworks. Every year.


I would be a blubbering mess whether or not my own loved ones had been treated at Children’s. I’ve known countless families – from church, from work, from wherever – whose kids or grandkids have received treatment there. Heck, several years ago the woman I sat next to at work was treated in ACH’s burn unit after a plane crash in Little Rock. (The hospital’s burn center is the only one in Arkansas and treats adults, too.)

Emily Harmon

TanyaTextBut I do have a family member who’s been treated at ACH. My cousin Tanya’s daughter Emily, now 9, has spent many days and nights at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, having been born with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and spongiform cardiomyopathy. A mouthful, for sure. Em’s mom texted me a little more detail, at right.

In its list of Best Children’s Hospitals, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Arkansas Children’s Hospital for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. ACH is also known for its teaching, its research and its patient care, especially for those most vulnerable among us: our children.

I could bring you any number of testimonials from folks I know who’ve experienced the care and compassion at ACH. But I’m going to let Tanya and Emily tell the story from their perspective:

“Our first experience with Arkansas Children’s Hospital was when our younger daughter, Emily, was seven days old. During the scariest moments of our lives, not only did the doctors, nurses and other staff members take amazing care of Emily, they also took care of us. From that moment on, I knew we were a team – her team.

“I had never been in a pediatric hospital before, so I’m always amazed at the creativity and lengths ACH goes to make their facility child-friendly. From the playgrounds and playrooms to the personalities and patience of the staff, it’s easy to see who gets priority around there.

“We were very encouraged by the fact that ACH has one of the best cardiovascular departments in the country. It is such a relief to feel confidence in the team that is taking care of your child. I’ve never once doubted them, or even felt skeptical, about what they were telling us.

“Emily goes back to ACH periodically, for examinations and testing. She doesn’t remember being ‘in’ the hospital, but she knows how special ACH is. (She still refers to it as HER hospital.) We should all be very thankful to have ACH nearby. We are very blessed.”

Here are a few things Emily likes about Arkansas Children’s Hospital.


1 Children’s Way
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 364-1100

For more information about Arkansas Children’s Hospital, such as a map and directions to the hospital, printable maps of each floor, and so much more, click here.


Tomorrow: B is for “The Boys in the Boat,” a book review.

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4 thoughts on “Blogging from A-Z: Arkansas Children’s Hospital

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Sounds like the ACH has been quite valuable to you! I’m so glad it’s been there to help your family in its hours of need!

    Jeff Beesler
    Jeffrey Beesler’s World of the Scribe

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Yes, I could tell you lots of great stories about the awesome care my friends and family have received there. Arkansas is a small state but has some wonderful hospitals.

    Thank you for stopping by Jeff, and for leaving a comment. I hope you have a great day!

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

    My nephew was treated at the burn center when he was two and my eldest daughter was in PICU due to Asthma TWICE! I could not brag enough about the care she recieved and they also treat the parents with some special TLC. Contribute to the Ronald McDonald house and ACH every year even though it has been many years since we have been in need of their services! I will never forget them.

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I meant to mention the Ronald McDonald House and thought the post was getting longish, so I was hoping people would click the link at the end for more information.

    I’m so glad you shared your ACH stories. Just more evidence that they do a great job in taking care of the patients AND the parents!

    Thank you for stopping by and posting your comment.

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