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Children's Hospital Patients Drive Donated Cars Towards Healing

Posted: 4/19/2018

PENSACOLA, Fla. — During a stay at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, patients are now able to drive miniature cars around the inpatient units and even on the way to the operating room, thanks to the support of generous donors.  

Adorned with horns and lights, The Children’s Hospital cars are battery powered and can be remote-controlled by either a staff or family member. Children can receive their own “driver’s license,” personalized with their name and photo.

“Driving these cars helps our patients to feel more in control during their hospital experience. Instead of being wheeled into surgery, the children grip the steering wheel and feel like they have the power,” said Cat Outzen, director of children’s programs and community outreach for The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. “This cuts down on stress levels and helps kids heal faster.

The fleet of cars was donated by the following individuals:

•    Red Porsche from the family of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, pediatric hematologist/oncologist and medical director of the University of Florida pediatric specialists at The Children’s Hospital

•    White Landrover from the family of Dr. Peter Jennings, chief medical officer of Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola

•    Red convertible from Navy Federal Credit Union

•    Blue Audi from Brian Massoll and red convertible from Sarah LeDuc, both represented by Children’s Hospital Director Cat Outzen, classmate of the University of Florida Executive MBA program

•    Red Mercedes from the family of Henry Stovall, president of The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed facility that serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified physicians across 30 pediatric specialties. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. Sacred Heart Health System is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit


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