Providing Pediatric Emergency Services Close to Home

The $2.4 million investment, made possible through the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation and other generous contributors, will bring specialized emergency care to thousands of children and teens in the Lake Norman and Huntersville area who currently have limited access to nearby services. “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,” Truex Jr. said.

The new child-friendly emergency services space will include nine private treatment rooms, a triage room, advanced medical equipment specifically designed to treat children, a family consultation room, a treatment room for minor emergencies and sleep chairs for late-night emergencies.

The space will also have a NASCAR-themed, family-friendly waiting room with specialized artwork using bold colors, blurred speed images and dynamic designs at eye level for children. The artwork will bring a sense of driver recognition and connection to a space that can be frightening to most children.

The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Children’s Emergency Services center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and staffed with physicians and nurses who specialize in caring for children and teens, including a child life specialist. Mike Riley, president and chief operating officer of Huntersville Medical Center, stressed the importance of the partnership in bringing the space to life.

“It’s important for children to be treated by physicians trained in pediatric emergency care in an environment designed with kids in mind,” Riley said. “Our tiniest residents should have access to this specialized care close to home.”

The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s donation was a part
of a group effort that saw gifts from many donors who, together, will bring care to the children of the community.

In addition to the principal gift the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation made through Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation, other top supporters 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.; and the Jerry & Frances Warsky Foundation.

Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Children’s Emergency Services is set to open in the summer of 2022.