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Arkansas Children's Hospital receives donation to aid sealant program

October 15, 2019

By David Burger

Little Rock, Ark. — The Yates Foundation donated $1.25 million to the Arkansas Children's Hospital’s Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow, with the gift earmarked for the hospital’s dental sealant program, according to a hospital news release.

The Yates and Hubbard family announced the gift Sept. 26 and it was the family’s largest gift to date, the release said. It was made in honor of the late Jim Yates, patriarch of the Yates family and cofounder, along with his wife FaEllen Yates, of E-Z Mart Stores, a large convenience store chain founded in 1970.  

The gift will expand access to preventative oral health care for 17,000 children in the southwest region of the state, according to the news release.

“Thanks to the support of the Yates and Hubbard family, children who have not had dental services in the southern and southwest corner of the state will have access to dental sealant services and preventative oral health care,” said Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, in the release. “This historic gift helps us deliver on the promise of a healthier tomorrow for the children in Arkansas.”  

Since 2009, the hospital’s dental outreach program has provided 12,500 dental exams through four mobile dental clinics, screened 31,400 children and provided fluoride applications and applied 73,000 dental sealants.

“By most national measures, Arkansas is one of the least healthy states ranking 40 out of 50 states in child health and well-being,” the release said. “Arkansas Children’s envisions a healthier tomorrow for all 710,000 children in Arkansas — for both our patients and the children who will never walk through the doors of Arkansas Children’s.”

The Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow, according to the hospital’s website, is “a bold $250 million campaign designed to support the promise of unprecedented child health.”

Arkansas Children's Hospital is among the largest pediatric hospitals in the U.S. and serves children from birth to age 21, according to the website. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is a teaching hospital with the College of Medicine's department of pediatrics.