Arkansas Children's Hospital Gets $2.2 Million Donation

The estate of the late Thomas Stephens has donated $2.2 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital, the hospital announced Tuesday. 

Stephens, a former metallurgical engineer who died in October, made the donation to the hospital through stock gifts, life insurance and a bequest. At Stephens' request, the $2.2 million donation will help fund several programs at the hospital, including vascular anomalies/cleft lip and palate, dental and ophthalmology, as well as the Angel One transport program.

Stephens lived in Hot Springs Village since 1984, when he retired from Kaiser Engineers.

"After a personal experience, Tom was always interested in improving children's healthc are, and he was amazed at the work being done at Arkansas Children's Hospital," Jim Staudt, Stephens' friend, said in a news release. "When he began making his estate plans, he knew he wanted to support the hospital any way he could."

The money will support the ACH Century of Possibility Centennial Campaign, announced at the hospital's Centennial Celebration on March 5. The hospital aims to raise $160 million to support pediatric care, research, education and prevention, and has already raised $110 million.

"Tom had an enormous heart and was the type of person everyone wanted to be around," Will Arnold, senior development officer in the ACH Foundation, said. "He was so full of life. We here at ACH are very honored that such a wonderful man entrusted us to be good stewards of his last gift."

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and serves children from birth to age 21.