Located in Homestead, 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.
The Speediatrics Unit at Halifax Hospital first opened in 2007 as a Pediatric Emergency Room. In 2010, Speediatrics expanded into a Speediatrics floor for children who are being admitted to the hospital. 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.
Regan Smith and Safety Sam Visit
Safety Sam and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Regan Smith brought smiles to the kids in the Speediatrics unit at Homestead Hospital before the Championship race. The kids at the unit received remote control racing cards from Toy State, a Foundation goodie bag and Speediatrics coloring books. The kids enjoyed playing and taking pictures with both Regan Smith and Safety Sam and asked Regan a lot of questions about the Championship race.
Teddy Bear Clinic
Nearly 250 children from the South Dade-Miami area came out in February to participate in the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Clinic held during the Family Health and Wellness Fair at Homestead Hospital. Through simulated check-ups performed on Speedy bear, the Teddy Bear clinic allows children to see how the caring nurses at the hospital perform different medical procedures.
During the event, each child had a chance to interact one-on-one with a nurse, who sat a Speedy Bear on the table and gave it a head-to-toe check-up using numerous medical tools such as a stethoscope, thermometer, and pediatric blood pressure cuff. . The child is asked to take the “repaired” bear home to care for it using extra measures and instructions given by the nurses. Through this exercise, kids realize that check-ups aren’t so scary after all – they are just a part of growing up and staying healthy. Read More about the clinic.