CHARLOTTE - Levine Children's Hospital has received a $350,000 commitment from Speedway Children's Charities to support the new 234-bed facility that will open in October.

Speedway Children's Charities is the charitable arm of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. headquartered in Concord. Its philanthropy is directed toward a variety of children's causes.

"Levine Children's Hospital will serve a vital leadership role in the healthcare system for our community," said Scott Smith, Charlotte Chapter President of Speedway Children's Charities.
"This donation will help to ensure that all children in Charlotte and surrounding areas continue to have access to the very best possible medical care."

Amanda Hollingsworth, Director of the Charlotte Chapter, noted that the Levine gift is "special because it reflects the generous support of our corporate donors, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Sonic Automotive, O. Bruton Smith and loyal race fans."

In recognition of the gift from Speedway Children's Charities, a family lounge on the 8th level of Levine Children's Hospital will be designated in the organization's honor. The area is configured to provide privacy and togetherness for families whose children are being treated on the "progressive care" floor. Patients admitted to progressive care are often in transition from intensive care. They typically require a higher level of attention than patients on other medical or surgical floors. The family lounge, situated along the front side of the hospital, will be equipped with television, tables, and comfortable seating.

"Our organization recognizes the importance of on-site family support during a child's stay in a large and complex treatment facility," Smith added. "This donation reinforces our mission by providing children the peace of mind they need in a stressful situation, knowing their families are comfortable and readily available."

"We are grateful for the ongoing support we receive from Speedway Children's Charities," said Michael L. Rose, President of the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation. "Gifts of this magnitude help to assure that we will reach our goal of $60 million in community support. So far, the Levine project has attracted widespread and generous backing from an extraordinary variety of individuals and organizations. It is gratifying to see that children's healthcare is such a high priority for all those associated with the Speedway."

Levine Children's Hospital, located on the main campus of Carolinas Medical Center, is currently undergoing its final construction phases, with opening anticipated in late October. Rising to 12 stories, the new hospital will feature several of the region's firsts, including a dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care unit and a 24-hour pediatric emergency department. Services will be offered in more than 32 medical specialties.

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Carolinas HealthCare System (www.carolinashealthcare.org) is the largest healthcare system in the Carolinas, and the third largest public system in the nation. CHS owns, leases or manages 20 hospitals in North and South Carolina, and employs approximately 900 physicians who practice in more than 150 locations. CHS also operates nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies, radiation therapy facilities and physical therapy facilities. Together, these operations comprise approximately 4,900 licensed beds and employ more than 33,000 full-time or part-time employees.

CHS's flagship facility is Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, an 861-bed hospital which includes a Level I trauma center, a research institute, a children's hospital, a rehabilitation facility and a large number of specialty treatment units (heart, cancer, organ transplant, etc.). CMC also serves as one of North Carolina's five Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospitals, providing residency training for over 200 physicians in 15 specialties.

Carolinas Medical Center has been named the "Consumer's Choice Preferred Hospital" in the Charlotte market by the National Research Corporation nine times. U.S. News & World Report named CMC to its 2007-2008 ranking of "America's Best Hospitals" for urology and orthopedics. HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings company, rated CMC as best in the Charlotte area for overall cardiac services, and among the top five in North Carolina. CMC is also the first hospital in North Carolina to be recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for service excellence in maternity care.

Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to organizations that serve young people by fulfilling a variety of purposes from mentoring programs to camps for special-needs children. The organization's mission is to ensure that no child is disadvantaged as a result of illness, social environment or disability.


For more information contact:

Amanda Hollingsworth
Speedway Children's Charities
704-532-3318

Raymond C. Jones
Carolinas HealthCare System
704-355-3141