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Novant Health, Martin Truex Jr. Foundation break ground on $2.4M pediatric emergency center in Huntersville


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Novant Health broke ground today on a $2.4 million pediatric emergency department at Huntersville Medical Center.

The 5,000-square-foot space will have nine beds relocated from the existing 32-bed emergency department. There will be a separate entrance for pediatric patients, plus a separate triage and nurse station. Donors, many involved with NASCAR, are helping to design the new rooms with a bright, child-friendly racing theme. The new space is slated to open in the second quarter of 2022.

Current staff is trained to treat pediatric patients, including a child life specialist to help manage stress, but the hospital will likely add more specialized care over time, said Mike Riley, president and chief operating officer at Huntersville Medical Center.

"Imagine you're a kid and you're sick ... and you go to the ER and you're in this sterile room that looks really, really scary," Riley said. "Compare that to walking into a room where there's race cars on the wall or it looks like you're in the pit or it looks like you're in the stands. That alone will make the kids feel a lot better."

The Huntersville emergency department sees about 40,000 patients per year. About 10% to 15% of those are children, Riley said. The hospital there has nearly tripled in size, going from 50 beds to almost 140.

Race-car driver Martin Truex Jr. and his partner, Sherry Pollex, contributed the lead investment through the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. The space is named after that foundation. Fundraising stretched over a three-year capital campaign. Other donors include Auto-Owners Insurance, Ryan Blaney Family Foundation, Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation, Joe Gibbs Racing, the Kasey Kahne Foundation and the Denny Hamlin Foundation, to name several.

Truex and Pollex started their foundation in 2007 with the intent to focus on children, Pollex said. The couple has family and friends in the Huntersville area. Both said the vision is to establish more pediatric units and integrative oncology clinics.

"We want the kids to be comfortable when they come in and we want them to have their own dedicated space," Pollex said.

 

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Truex and Pollex started their foundation in 2007 with the intent to focus on children, Pollex said. The couple has family and friends in the Huntersville area. Both said the vision is to establish more pediatric units and integrative oncology clinics.

"We want the kids to be comfortable when they come in and we want them to have their own dedicated space," Pollex said.

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