After meeting hundreds of kids through visits to children's Hospitals and granting wishes through Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jeff was searching for a way to give back to the children in his own community.
In May 2005, Carolinas Medical Center — NorthEast (then known as NorthEast Medical Center) approached Jeff and The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation with a unique opportunity to give back to the local community through the establishment of a children’s hospital. Jeff and his Foundation focused on building a children’s hospital that would provide highly specialized treatment using state-of-the-art equipment. The hospital setting would be a nurturing, healing environment, staffed by the most talented and caring medical professionals in the area.
Construction of the hospital took a year and- a-half to complete, opening its doors to patients in December of 2006. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of primary and specialty pediatric care, including: cardiology, endocrinology, oncology, neurology, pulmonology and several other specialties. The hospital includes a 28-bed pediatric floor, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and the Pediatric Pavilion, which offers subspecialty pediatric patient care.
The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation is proud to support a quality healthcare facility dedicated to compassionate care and excellence for children. "Our relationship with The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation has been ideal," said Adam Cook, NorthEast Foundation Executive Director. "It has been a true partnership in every sense of the word. Their commitment to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital and the patients we serve has afforded our medical center with necessary equipment and state-of-the-art technology. We are truly grateful for their ongoing support and involvement."The hospital currently treats pediatric patients from birth to age 18 in a peaceful, serene environment with a nature theme. Small details within the design such as water features, texture and color help promote an enhanced healing environment and assist in decreasing the stress and anxiety for pediatric patients and their families.
On the pediatric floor you will find twenty-eight infant, child and adolescent patient rooms also included as part of the children’s hospital is the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the Pediatric Pavilion.
The Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital is located just a few short miles from Hendrick Motorsports. By having a children’s hospital with highly specialized care in the community it allow pediatric patients and their families to remain close to home rather than having to travel outside the region to receive care. With this priority in mind The Jeff Gordon Foundation and the hospital will continue to work together to ensure that all pediatric patients receive the highest quality of care possible both now and in the future.