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Foundation Sets Fundraising Record for New Arkansas Neuroscience Institute

CHI St. Vincent Foundation has successfully achieved its fundraising goal for the new Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI) Research and Education Center, setting a new Foundation record for a single philanthropic project. The Foundation raised over $4-million to support construction of the Research and Education Center and nurture CHI St. Vincent’s healing ministry by improving patient outcomes around the globe.

“ANI, under the leadership of Dr. Ali Krisht, has already had a remarkable impact on the field of neurosurgery and patient lives, like raising three-year survival rates for glioblastoma patients from a national average of 8.8-percent to 34-percent at CHI St. Vincent,” said Foundation Senior Vice President Laura Cook. “This new Research and Education Center will allow them to further their ground-breaking advancements and share best practices with neurosurgeons around the globe who travel here to learn from the very best in their field. We could not do that without the generous support of our donors whose gifts build upon our 130-year ministry of caring for Arkansans.”

The Research and Education Center’s 150-seat auditorium will be formally named the “Margaret Clark Auditorium” in honor of the leading support from Margaret Clark – one of Dr. Krisht’s former patients. Other supporters whose generosity helped make the vision for the Research and Education Center a reality include:

  • Elizabeth Fletcher Dishongh Trust
  • Nashwa and Dr. Ali Krisht
  • J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • The Sunderland Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri
  • The Eric Blake Faulkner Fund
  • Frank T. Padberg Charitable Remainder Unitrust
  • Arkansas Community Health and Education Foundation
  • Harry C. and Terri Erwin
  • Indian Hills Shopping Center
  • Middleton Heat and Air, Inc.
  • William Randolph Hearst Foundation



The ANI Research and Education Center, located on the campus of CHI St. Vincent North in Sherwood, will become an international destination for the next generation of neurosurgeons to learn the skills necessary to tackle the most complex cases. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for June 14 where more than 35 international guests will be representing 35 countries.

About the CHI St. Vincent Foundation

CHI St. Vincent Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to impacting the health and wellbeing of Arkansans while nurturing the healing ministry of the Church. We rely on philanthropic investments to carry out our rich and long legacy of providing exceptional care that is both accessible and affordable to everyone who needs it. Learn more at: chistvincent.com/giving

About the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute

The CHI St. Vincent Arkansas Neurosciences Institute is a comprehensive program incorporating all aspects of neurosurgery and the spectrum of neurological disorders, including: skull-base surgery, vascular neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, spine and spinal cord surgery epilepsy surgery and surgery for movement disorders. Learn more at: chistvincent.com/ani