Gordon Childrens Hospital Opens

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The Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital at NorthEast Medical Center was officially opened to the public today under sunny skies during an outdoor ribbon cutting ceremony.

Flanked by four children, hospital and community leaders, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon helped open the children’s hospital by cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Prior to the ribbon-cutting, Gordon, wife Ingrid Vandebosch and Gordon’s parents toured the children’s hospital and talked with the medical staff about the services that would be offered to the children in the community.

"NEMC offers great care to those in need, and this new children’s hospital will offer the very best in health services to children, "said Gordon. "With Ingrid pregnant, it gives us peace of mind to know that some of the very best care for children in the Southeast region is located right here in Concord."

The new children’s hospital has 33 beds—including five in a specialized Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and offers patients and their families a healing environment complimented by the use of a nature theme that employs unique lighting, water elements and the application of soothing colors.

At a cost of almost $10.3 million, the 27,000 sq. ft. facility will receive its first patients early Monday morning from NEMC’s current Pediatric Department in a carefully monitored relocation process.

Perhaps seven year-old Adeline Brady, one of the child ribbon-cutting participants on stage with Gordon, best summed up the historic community event.

"Let this be a place of caring, where compassion shines on faces, hands and feet," said Brady.

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