Speediatrics Unit Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Halifax Health Medical Center’s NASCAR-Themed Unit Unveils Renovation
 
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Nov. 10, 2010)The
Halifax Health – Betty Jane France Center for Pediatrics, otherwise
known as Speediatrics, celebrated the beginning of a new decade of
caring by unveiling a complete renovation of the children’s unit during a
ceremony held this afternoon in Daytona Beach, Fla.
This
year, The NASCAR Foundation and Halifax Health will celebrate the 10th
anniversary of Speediatrics. In recognition of this celebration, The
NASCAR Foundation presented Speediatrics with a $150,000 donation to the
unit. During the event, NASCAR Foundation Chairperson Betty Jane France
was joined by NASCAR President and NASCAR Foundation Board Member Mike
Helton, NASCAR Foundation Board Member Rusty Wallace, Daytona Beach
Mayor Glenn Ritchey and Halifax Health President and CEO Jeff Feasel.
The
renovation of the NASCAR-themed unit was accomplished with the help of
NASCAR sponsors 3M and Best Buy as well as Vomela Motorsports, Akzo
Nobel Paints LLC and K’NEX. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Juan and
Connie Montoya’s Formula Smiles Foundation have also supported this very
important cause.
The
renovation includes a new nurse’s station, as well as new flooring,
lighting and furniture for the kids and teen rooms. The Speediatrics
décor has been updated with child-friendly decorations on the walls and
ceiling featuring custom Speediatrics cartoon characters. Also included
is a new donor wall complete with a new video display and the
restoration of the iconic signature wall that includes autographs from
drivers who have visited the unit over the years.
 “So
many people have stepped forward to help this important project,”
France said. “Speediatrics has done some remarkable things in its first
10 years. Now, with this renovation, the unit is set to continue its
work in coming years. We are all very grateful for the assistance.”
Speediatrics
is a 36-bed unit that cares for more than 2,000 children annually, with
another 400 more receiving critical care in the area’s only Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit.
The
environment created by the Speediatrics unit provides a much-needed
diversion to young patients undergoing intensive treatments, lessening
the intimidation factor that often comes with hospital visits. Each
waiting room, hallway, nurse station and patient room has a motorsports
theme, including race cars, checkered flags and colorful cartoon
characters.
Additionally,
each young patient admitted to the unit receives a Speediatrics-themed
teddy bear specially designed by Betty Jane France and donated by The
NASCAR Foundation, to provide a little extra comfort throughout their
intensive treatments and recovery.
 “Our
pediatrics department, which includes the Pediatric Intensive Care
Unit, provides vital and exceptional services to East Central Florida
residents that are only available at Halifax Health,” said Feasel. “And
through this wonderful partnership with the France Family and The NASCAR
Foundation, Speediatrics continues to serve so many families in our
community who might otherwise have to go outside of the area for this
specialized care.”
The
NASCAR Foundation initiates a wide range of annual and ongoing
fundraising efforts to support Speediatrics. Since 2006, The NASCAR
Foundation has donated more than $720,000 to the Speediatrics units in
Daytona Beach and Miami. These contributions are made possible in part
by funds raised through the participation of many great businesses and
fans supporting NASCAR Day.  
Speediatrics
has also become an important part of the entire NASCAR community’s
commitment to helping others. NASCAR drivers and other personalities
from the sport make frequent visits to the Speediatrics units. Also,
NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation employees have made
commitments to support the Speediatrics unit through donations and
volunteer service.
 
About The NASCAR Foundation
The
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched
The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3)
non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and
its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide
range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the
entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the
sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need
it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit
the website:
www.nascar.com/foundation.
 
Halifax Health
With an
expanding network of specialized healthcare services, Halifax Health
offers a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a
cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest
hospice, and Florida’s largest Emergency Department. Halifax Health
provides the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke
Center, Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Pediatric Emergency
Department, and Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services. Widely
recognized for its outstanding medical staff and leading-edge
technology, Halifax Health consistently receives top statewide and
national ratings for its specialties, including orthopedics, spinal
surgery, stroke services, vascular services, and cardiology. Halifax
Health is a legislatively-chartered taxing organization, governed by a
Board of Commissioners appointed by the Governor of Florida.
 
For more information, please contact:
Salina Wang, Halifax Health Public Relations Manager, (386) 947-4682, salina.wang@halifax.org

Tom Sullivan, NASCAR Public Relations Manager, (704) 348-9613, tsullivan@nascar.com

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