CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital hosted a drive-thru pumpkin patch on Oct. 17. More than 7,000 people registered for the family-fun event that was held simultaneously at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Coral Springs. Families drove through the music-filled pumpkin patch and were given a free pumpkin and treat bags for kids.
“We knew families were not going to be able to go to a traditional fall festival during this pandemic and we wanted to recreate that experience here at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital with a drive-thru pumpkin patch,” said Heather Havericak, CEO, Broward Health Medical Center.
“Our hospital’s goal is to provide high-quality care for the children in our community,” said Jared Smith, CEO at Broward Health Coral Springs. “We also wanted to give back to our neighborhoods by providing this family-focused event.”
Several organizations, including the Florida Panthers, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, Coral Springs Police Department, Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, Canine Assisted Therapy and Humane Society, participated in the event. Caregivers from both hospitals were dressed as healthcare superheroes and other costumed characters.
Almost 3,000 pumpkins and 5,000 assembled treat bags that included goodies and information about the adult and pediatric services at Broward Health were given to guests.