Jeff Gordon Foundation contribution

Concord, NC, May 27, 2005 - The Jeff Gordon Foundation announced a significant gift towards the new children's hospital currently under construction at NorthEast Medical Center in Concord, North Carolina. In a special ceremony held today, Jeff...

Concord, NC, May 27, 2005 - The Jeff Gordon Foundation announced a significant gift towards the new children's hospital currently under construction at NorthEast Medical Center in Concord, North Carolina.

In a special ceremony held today, Jeff Gordon personally announced his foundation's gift towards the building of the new, 26,800 sq. ft. facility-soon to become the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital at NorthEast Medical Center. Hospital officials expect the new facility to be opened for patients in late 2006.

"The racing community in this region has done so much for me and I wanted to do something in return," said Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. "The NorthEast Medical Center is consistently rated in the Top 100 hospitals in the country and when I heard of their plans for a children's hospital, I wanted to lend my support to the project. The gift from The Jeff Gordon Foundation will help ensure the best medical care for the racing families in this community, especially their children."

"We are pleased and honored to have the Children's Hospital at NorthEast Medical Center join the growing list of organizations now supported by The Jeff Gordon Foundation, which is dedicated to working with courageous children and their families," said Laurence Hinsdale, President/CEO of the medical center. NorthEast Medical Center, bordered by Charlotte to the south and Winston-Salem to the north, is the only North Carolina Hospital to be named as a "100 Top Hospital" for the past four consecutive years. "We are proud today to link our organization's reputation as a quality healthcare facility dedicated to compassionate care and clinical excellence with The Jeff Gordon Foundation whose mission is to focus on children and families being the heart and soul of our future," says Laurence Hinsdale.

Other charitable partners of The Jeff Gordon Foundation include The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society®, Make-A-Wish Foundation®, The Marrow Foundation® and its Hendrick Marrow Program, and the Riley Hospital for Children based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The announcement of today's gift positively impacts the NorthEast Foundation, which has pledged to raise $5.9 million towards the new $9.4 million children's hospital project over the next three years.

The new facility is designed to treat pediatric patients from birth to age 18, through a peaceful, serene environment in which nature is the primary surrounding. The patient and treatment rooms soon to be opened will offer an expanded level of service and support to our pediatric guests and their attending families. The hospital-in-a-hospital design is focused on ensuring that supporting services and a growing number of physician specialists will be maintained at NorthEast. Combined with the new facility, these services will allow pediatric patients and their families to remain in their local community rather than being referred outside the region for these services.

About The Jeff Gordon Foundation
The Jeff Gordon Foundation was established in December of 1999 by the four-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Champion to support children and families in need. The Foundation is a non-profit 501c (3) organization that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Marrow Foundation in partnership with the Hendrick Marrow Program and Riley Hospital for Children. For more information visit www.JeffGordonFoundation.org.

About NorthEast Medical Center
NorthEast Medical Center www.northeastmedical.org is a regional 457-bed, not-for-profit medical center, with a reputation for excellence built on advanced technology, medical staff talent, quality, and compassionate care. For a record-setting fourth year in a row, Solucient, www.solucient.com a leading healthcare information company, has named NorthEast Medical Center to its 100 Top Hospitals ® list under the category of "Teaching Hospitals". HealthGrades, www.healthgrades.com a leading healthcare information company has rated NorthEast Medical Center as best in the Charlotte, Hickory, Concord and Gastonia region for overall cardiovascular care over the past four years. In addition, HealthGrades has named NEMC as the best-rated hospital in the region for overall orthopedics, knee replacement surgery and joint replacement surgery.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has proclaimed NorthEast Medical Center as the 58th facility in the U.S. and Europe to officially achieve "Magnet Hospital" status based on its sound foundation of academic and experiential knowledge. NorthEast Medical Center's Mammography, MRI and Ultrasound departments are fully accredited imaging facilities, meeting the high achievement and performance standards established by the American College of Radiology. For more information call ASK FIRST, a service of NorthEast, at: 1-800 / 575-1275, or 704 / 783-1275. Based in Concord, North Carolina, NorthEast Medical Center has 4100 employees serving in more than 26 facilities located throughout the region.

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