CHARLOTTE – Novant Health, Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex broke ground on Oct. 8 in a 5,000-square-foot emergency center at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center.
The $2.4 million investment will provide specialized emergency relief to thousands of children and teens in the Lake Norman and Huntersville areas, who have limited access to and choice of nearby services.
“None of this would be possible without the diligent work of the Novant Health Foundation and our partnership with the Martin Truex Jr. foundation. We are excited to see this space come to life,” said Mike Riley, president and chief operating officer of Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. “It is important that children are treated by physicians trained in pediatric emergency care in an environment designed with children in mind. Our smallest residents must have access to this specialized care close to home.”
The new child-friendly emergency room includes nine private treatment rooms, a triage room, advanced medical equipment designed specifically to treat children, a family consultation room, a minor emergency treatment room and sleeping chairs for nighttime emergencies. The space will also feature a family-friendly, NASCAR-themed waiting room with specialized artwork featuring bold colors, blurry speed visuals, and dynamic eye-level designs with children’s heights. The artwork will convey a sense of driver recognition and connection to a space that can be frightening for most children.
“We are excited to finally hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Children’s Emergency Room in Huntersville,” said Martin Truex Jr. “There is a real need for pediatric emergency care in the Lake Norman area and we are fortunate to have the support of many donors and the NASCAR community to make this dream a reality.”
The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Children’s Emergency Services center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and staffed with doctors and nurses specializing in the care of children and teens. This includes a full-time specialist in child life to better meet the needs of the smallest patients. Child life specialists work to reduce stress and trauma in clinical settings for children and their families. Stress and trauma can affect the development, health and well-being of children and can also affect family members.
“Our donors are the backbone of this community and of every project we do at the Novant Health Foundation,” said Ann Caulkins, senior vice president of Novant Health and president of Novant Health Foundation. “Expanding our long-standing partnership with Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex is a testament to their deep commitment to the community they call home.”
In addition to the main gift of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation, other top donors include Auto-Owners Insurance, Ryan Blaney Family Foundation, Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation, Vincent, Lisa and Vinnie Dailey, Gene Haas Foundation, Joe Gibbs Racing, Denny Hamlin Foundation, Daniel and Traci Hughes, Kasey Kahne Foundation, Haven Kiley Foundation, Dennis and Mary Lehman, Joey Logano Foundation, Metrolina Greenhouses, Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation, Tyler Reddick, Sokal Media Group, James R. Vannoy & Sons Construction Co. Inc., Jerry & Frances Warsky Foundation.
Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Children’s Emergency Services will open in the second quarter of 2022.