Edward and Jeanne Arnold commit $1 million to Penn State Children's Hospital

Edward H. and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold of Lebanon announced a commitment of $1 million to create the Hummingbird Program and support the construction of a transitional care suite in the new Penn State Children's Hospital at a news conference Thursday, May 24, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

"Ed and I are so proud of our affiliation with Penn State Children's Hospital," said Jeanne Arnold. "We have witnessed the exceptional services provided by an extraordinary and caring staff to the families of central Pennsylvania. We feel privileged to have a role in establishing the Hummingbird Program for chronically ill children and their families and for our role in bringing Penn State's vision for a freestanding Children's Hospital to reality. We are blessed to have this facility in our community, and we are honored to support its worthy mission."

In addition to their commitment to Children's Hospital, Jeanne Arnold also supports Children's Miracle Network at Children's Hospital and serves on the Children's Hospital Executive Committee. Both serve on the Penn State Hershey Campaign Committee.

"Ed and Jeanne are true philanthropists, who give of both their time and their money to improve the quality of life for others in the community," said Harold L. Paz, senior vice president for health affairs, Penn State; dean, Penn State College of Medicine; chief executive officer, Penn State Hershey Medical Center. "Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Children's Hospital are fortunate to have Ed and Jeanne as friends and benefactors. The Hummingbird Program, made possible through their generosity, will have a lasting impact on some of our youngest patients and their families."

Ed Arnold is the retired chairman of Arnold World Industries and the former chairman of Arnold Logistics. Jeanne Arnold is retired from her career as senior vice president of patient care services at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Penn State Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital in central Pennsylvania and the region's only pediatric trauma center, houses 127 beds and treats more than 125,000 patients each year. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) received the highest rating for its care in medical, surgical and trauma patients by the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Evaluations. This ranks the PICU among the top in the country.

Penn State Children's Hospital is the leader in several specialties including neonatal care, pediatric oncology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric surgery and pediatric trauma. For information on Penn State Children's Hospital, visit online.

Last Updated March 19, 2009