Arkansas hospital’s dental program receives $1.25M donation

Little Rock-based Arkansas Children's Hospital officials announced the Yates Foundation donated $1.25 million to the hospital's Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow, the Texarkana Gazette reports.

The money will be used to improve access to dental care, including dental sealant services and preventative oral healthcare, for 17,000 children in southwest Arkansas. The dental outreach program at Arkansas Children’s has been able to provide 12,500 exams through four mobile clinics. Additionally, the hospital has screened 31,400 pediatric patients and provided 73,000 dental sealants.

Arkasas Children’s is looking to raise $250 million for the campaign, with more than $200 million raised thus far. The Yates Foundation gifted Arkansas Children’s in honor of the late Jim Yates.

"Arkansas ranks 40th out of 50 states in children's health and well-being. In many cases, your zip code matters more than your genetic code to the health of a child," Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children's said, according to Texarkana Gazette.

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