Halifax Health Medical Center
Located in Daytona Beach, FL
Speediatrics® began with the humble goal of importing the color, excitement, and fun of NASCAR into children’s hospital rooms, wings, and waiting areas. Today, we provide medical treatments for 50,000 children each year at our two permanent Speediatrics® facilities at Halifax Health Medical Center and Homestead Hospital, and continue to extend our reach beyond the hospital walls by supporting other causes related to helping children live a healthy life.
As a young mother, The NASCAR Foundation Founder and Chairwoman Emeritus Betty Jane France found herself visiting the local hospital with her children. It was during those experiences that Mrs. France realized that children respond much more rapidly and improve more quickly when they receive medical care in a friendly, engaging world of their own! It was then and there that her vision for Speediatrics began. The Speediatrics Unit was first opened in 1999 and recently remodeled in 2010 to provide a comfortable environment for the children coming to the unit.
And still today, at The NASCAR Foundation, we believe every child should have a chance at a healthy life and deserves to get across the finish line. We are making children’s health and medical needs our top priority.
Safety Sam, NASCAR Drivers and Smiles
The hospital can be a scary place for anyone, but especially for children. To brighten up the day, The NASCAR Foundation brought smiles to the little patients in the Speediatrics® Unit at Halifax Health Medical Center by bringing a few friends along for a visit. NASCAR drivers Gray Gaulding, Corey LaJoie, DJ Kennington, Brandon Jones, Brandon Jones, Joe Nemechek, and Blake Koch joined Safety Sam’s visit to the Speediatrics® Unit prior to the season opening of the Daytona 500. The children were excited to meet the real-life race car drivers and asked them all kinds of questions about the upcoming Daytona Speedweeks races. Each patient at the unit recieved a NASCAR Foundation mini helmet autographed by all the drivers and a NASCAR Foundation goodie bag full of activities for the kids to do during their stay at Speediatrics.
In addition to visiting the Speediatrics Unit, Matt DiBenedetto and The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Rev Racing Team visited Halifax Health's Keech St. Pediatric Clinic. The kids at the clinic were thrilled to meet NASCAR Drivers! The kids spent their time asking questions, coloring with the drivers in their Speediatrics Activity book and took pictures with the drivers.When Safety Sam appeared the kids jumped for joy screaming "teddy bear! teddy bear!" They gave Safety Sam tons of high fives and hugs.