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Jim and Pat McClelland Pledge $1M to Arkansas Children’s

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Jim McClelland, chairman emeritus and former CEO of McClelland Consulting Engineers Inc. of Little Rock, and his wife Pat have pledged $1 million to Arkansas Children’s, the pediatric care provider announced Tuesday.

The planned gift comes as Arkansas Children’s embarks on an eight-year, $318 million expansion that will increase bed capacity, transform inpatient and outpatient surgical approaches, redesign clinical spaces to promote multidisciplinary care and improve campus accessibility.

The McClellands have served as board members for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest and the Arkansas Children’s Foundation.

“Children are our future, and we are 100% committed to investing in the well-being and potential of the next generation,” Pat McClelland said in a statement.

Phase one of construction on Arkansas Children’s campuses in Little Rock and Springdale began earlier this year and is scheduled to be completed in 2026.

“Generations of donors have played a role in making Arkansas Children’s what it is today — one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and the only pediatric health system in Arkansas,” said Fred Scarborough, executive vice president and chief development officer of Arkansas Children’s. “Legacy gifts like the one from the McClellands provide support well into the future, ensuring Arkansas Children’s ability to deliver expert pediatric care for generations to come.”



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