In 2006, Betty Jane France founded The NASCAR Foundation. From the outset, she instilled within the organization her commitment to supporting causes that work to improve the lives of children in need.
The wife of the late Bill France Jr., NASCAR’s former Chairman and CEO, Betty Jane France served NASCAR in a variety of capacities over six decades, including as Executive Vice President. But she also served her community, driven especially by a desire to improve the quality of life for children.
This desire led her to become involved in establishing the renowned racing-themed Speediatrics children’s care unit at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach. There, she envisioned a place where kids are not intimidated by the overwhelming experience of being hospitalized. Out of this vision Speediatrics was born, as was the Speediatrics Children’s Fund which is now facilitating medical assistance to children on a national level.
Over the years, the Speediatrics Unit has continued to expand to meet the growing needs of the Daytona Beach community. In 2010, the unit was re-designed to further bring the color and excitement of NASCAR to all areas of the unit.
Speediatrics characters like Safety Sam, Victory Lane and Chase adorn the walls of the unit…and each child who is admitted to the unit receives a cuddly Speedy Bear, specially designed by Betty Jane France, to help ease the stress of being in the hospital.
In 2022, Halifax Health Acute Care Pediatric Unit completed another renovation, moving the pediatric emergency room to the Speediatric Unit. This change has reinvented the way children are cared for in the Emergency Department and the hospital, providing specialized emergency care with a seamless transition of care to pediatric acute care.
Halifax Health offers the area’s only level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only child and adolescent behavioral services, and now the only Acute Care Pediatric Unit with 24-hour a day pediatrics specialists.
Please visit halifaxhealth.org/pediatrics to learn more about Halifax Health Acute Care Pediatric Hospital Services.