Moving Forward

The Jackson L. Graves Foundation funds numerous projects. Currently, we’re partnering with the Willow Creek Women's Hospital in Northwest Arkansas to provide funding for a noise monitoring system in the NICU. We have also complete the first phase of the Family Garden for the facility. Phase one is complete with four sitting areas, a flower picking garden for children, and an opportunity to have pavers engraved to honor loved ones. We believe the Garden will:

  • Provide a dedicated space for reflection and peace for families who have an infant with a long-term stay. 
  • Increase the opportunities for staff to find a place for reprieve while caring for critical patients.

  • Serve as a spiritual space for the patrons and staff.
  • Create a space to provide a Family Centered Care Program involving graduate parents, local churches as partners, and special events.
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We also partner with Arkansas Children's Hospital to:

  • Provide toys, books, clothes, toiletries and other items for infants and toddlers, as well as their families.

  • Funding for research into recurring conditions that cause long term hospital stays for infants and funding for specialized training for nursing care of long term infant patients.

  • Purchase of special equipment needed for long term NICU patients and families.

The Jackson L. Graves Foundation is also helping to fund a longer term project at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. This project is for the dedication of space and staffing for a "Transitional Care Unit", or at least an area of private patient rooms, for long-term, critically ill infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital. The Foundation has made great strides towards fulfilling this long term goal with the funding of the Jackson L. Graves private care room and the Jackson L. Graves Sibling Playroom, both in the wing of the NICU that was completed in 2012.  The Foundation pledged $125,000 to the construction of these rooms. Specifically, the plan was to create an updated model of care to provide individualized, family-centered care.

The Jackson L. Graves Foundation has worked with Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville to fund the completion of their milk lab with the addition of two waterless milk warmers as well as recliners to aid parents in Kangaroo Care.   

In 2012, the Jackson L. Graves Foundation partnered with the Lahav Lab at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA by supporting their continued research on the effects of noise in the NICU on the development of infants. 

Quick facts

Quick facts about Arkansas Children's Hospital NICU:

  • 750 babies were transferred to Arkansas Children's NICU in fiscal year 2016.

  • 74 of the babies were from Northwest Arkansas (an average of 6 per month, and 8% of the total)

  • Average census in the unit is 76, but unit can hold as many as 85 babies

  • 5-10 of the babies in the unit at any one time have complex conditions and surgical needs that would fit the criteria of the proposed Transitional Care Unit

  • Arkansas Children's NICU survival rate is 96 percent