You might hear a honk if you visit Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Fla. Donors, including the hospital's doctors and executives, supplied miniature cars for their patients to drive around the inpatient units and to operating rooms.
The red Porsche, white Land Rover, blue Audi and three other minicars are battery-powered and remotely controlled by a staff or family member.
“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,” Cat Outzen, director of children's programs and community outreach at the hospital said in a news release. “This cuts down on stress levels and helps kids heal faster.”
Driver's license? There's no need for a trip to the DMV. Patients receive their own “driver's license” with their name and photo at the hospital.