SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 — Today, Arkansas Razorbacks Football Coach Bobby Petrino and his wife, Becky, announced a $250,000 donation to Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). The gift will support construction of the hospital’s South Wing, set to open in July 2012. To celebrate the Petrinos’ gift, a family lounge and waiting area in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit will be named in their honor. Coach Petrino also announced the creation of a golf tournament to benefit the hospital. The inaugural Bobby Petrino Charity Golf Classic will be held June 18, 2012, at The Country Club of Little Rock. "Becky and I chose to support Arkansas Children’s Hospital because we believe in the mission of this amazing institution," said Petrino. "As parents, we know the importance of having such a facility here in our state." The Petrinos made the gift announcement during an event at ACH with several Razorback football players also visiting the hospital and hosting a mini pep rally for hospital patients. "We are very grateful to not only Bobby and Becky Petrino, but also the entire Razorback football organization," said Dr. Jonathan Bates, president and CEO of ACH. "The gift from the Petrinos will help ACH continue to deliver the highest quality medical services in an environment that promotes and supports our commitment to family-centered care, and our patients were absolutely delighted to receive a visit from members of the Razorback football team." The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), which sees approximately 600 patients annually, provides care to premature babies, children and adolescents with congenital or acquired heart disease. Last year, CVICU team members performed 629 procedures, including 20 heart transplants. The CVICU will expand when the hospital’s South Wing opens next year. The South Wing is the largest building project in the hospital’s history, adding 258,000 square feet of both inpatient and outpatient space. Currently in the CVICU, the general waiting area for families is a small space with two showers and a few lockers. The new family lounge area will be much larger, with a common area for families, a kitchen, showers, laundry facilities and a private lactation area for new mothers. The new lounge area will also include a family resource center, where family members will have access to computers and printers. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. The campus spans 28 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research – all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children’s health and development. ACH recently ranked No. 75 on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.