Homestead-Miami Speedway backs 'Speediatrics" project

MIAMI, FL (September 26, 2001) - Homestead-Miami Speedway introduces Speediatrics, the new dedicated Pediatrics unit at Homestead Hospital. The project, a special relationship between Homestead-Miami Speedway and Homestead Hospital, involves the...

MIAMI, FL (September 26, 2001) - Homestead-Miami Speedway introduces Speediatrics, the new dedicated Pediatrics unit at Homestead Hospital. The project, a special relationship between Homestead-Miami Speedway and Homestead Hospital, involves the construction of a completely renovated Pediatrics unit named Speediatrics and designed with an auto racing theme. The Speedway has committed to raise $300,000 toward the project, which is estimated to cost $600,000.

"We are very proud to announce Speediatrics at Homestead Hospital," said Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Speediatrics will not only fill the need for more pediatric care in the South Miami-Dade area, but will also help make the stay of every child at the hospital more enjoyable through its racing-themed design. Helping the community is a huge priority for the Speedway and Speediatrics represents one of the most worthwhile projects Homestead-Miami Speedway has ever been a part of."

The Speediatrics unit will have 14 beds, including a special four-bed children's observation unit for more seriously ill or injured children. Construction, which began earlier this month, is expected to be complete in time for a January opening.

"Thanks to the support of Homestead-Miami Speedway, we can make our pediatric unit truly unique: a warm and inviting place for parents and their children who need to be hospitalized," said Bo Boulenger, Homestead Hospital CEO.

Speediatrics will be designed to make children feel as comfortable as possible at the Hospital with every part of the floor being transformed into a racing-themed experience. The unit's new waiting room, hallway walls, nurse's station, and playroom will be painted with a motorsports theme that will include race cars, checkered flags, and cartoon characters. Speediatrics' cheerful and exciting atmosphere can make a difference in the attitude and recovery of sick children as documented at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL where Speediatrics opened in 1999 through the backing of the Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR.

"We salute Homestead-Miami Speedway for initiating Speediatrics at Homestead Hospital," said Betty Jane France, Assistant Secretary and International Community Relations Director for NASCAR. "As proven here in Daytona, Speediatrics can make a difference in the care of children. Following the completion of this project, children won't just see a hospital when they arrive at Homestead's Speediatrics unit; they'll see pit road or victory lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway."

Homestead-Miami Speedway will spearhead the Speediatrics fundraising project. The first major fundraiser is the Inaugural Tee-off for Tots Golf Tournament presented by City of Homestead and Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 20 at Keys Gate Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Speediatrics.. For more information or to register for the tournament, please call (305) 247-1801, ext. 265 or 237.

Donations to "Speediatrics" should be forwarded to: Speediatrics c/o Homestead Hospital Foundation 160 NW 13 Street Homestead, FL 33030

For more information on events at Homestead-Miami Speedway or to purchase tickets, please call (305) 230-RACE or log on to www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com

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