SAN BERNARDINO, CA – March 26, 2018 – Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) patients recently received a visit from NASCAR’s Cole Custer. The 20-year-old Southern California native stopped by the hematology/oncology outpatient clinic Wednesday, March 14, visiting with patients, signing autographs and delivering toys as they received infusion treatments.
One patient, and a fan of race cars, Edgar Rodriguez, 6, of San Jacinto, was all smiles as he met Custer who was in town for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Custer placed sixth in the race, which took place on Saturday, March 17.
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”