HACKENSACK, NJ — For the children heading into surgery at Hackensack Meridian Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, fear and anxiety are taking a backseat. Literally. 

Children have begun driving themselves into surgery in style via an electric motorized Mercedes-Benz and a Land Rover. The miniature electric cruisers were donated by Carpet Etcetera to the 206-bed nonprofit medical center on River Road to help make the journey into surgery a more gleeful and breezier experience. Based in Cedar Knolls, Carpet Etcetera specializes in the sales and installation of residential and commercial floors.

“Our team at Carpet Etcetera is proud to make this donation to make surgeries a little less daunting for children,” said Hector Genao, Carpet Etcetera vice president.

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The kids can attest. Clad in their Tired Tiger pediatric gowns and caps, children are smiling ear to ear as they cruise their way down the hospital corridors. 

Genesis Monjes, a 3-year-old girl from North Bergen, was one of the first to test out what doctors are calling a “natural” way to relieve pre-operative anxiety. Doctors said as soon as Genesis climbed into the black Mercedes-Benz, which was dressed in a red ribbon, she became immediately at ease and happy.

“We have been thrilled to see that the cars have lessened anxiety for both the children and their loved ones,” said Patricia Carroll, chief operating officer of Hackensack Meridian Palisades Medical Center. “Reducing preoperative anxiety in a natural way is always a priority in providing the highest quality of care for our patients.”