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March 18, 2015

March 18, 2015

For more information:
Anne LeZotte, Communications Manager
Pilot Flying J
Office: 865-474-3028
Email: [email protected]

Erica Estep, Public Relations Manager
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Office: 865-541-8276
Cell: 865-310-4737



A new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is under construction at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital thanks to a generous donation from the Haslam family. The 44-bed, private room NICU is part of a $75 million expansion project at Children’s Hospital.

“For nearly 80 years, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has been providing excellent care for children and families in our region,” said Whitney Haslam Johnson, director of brand and customer experience for Pilot Flying J. “As part of the third generation of the Haslam family, we know what this NICU means to our community. We grew up going to this hospital, and we take our own children there. We feel honored to be able to partner with the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.”

“This gift is very meaningful for our family, but most importantly, we look forward to the impact it will have for many other families,” said Will Haslam, petroleum pricing analyst for Pilot Flying J. “This gift will ensure that children will continue to receive highly specialized care with lifesaving technology for years to come.”

The project includes making updates to existing space inside the hospital and expanding services for children with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other special needs. The NICU will be inside a new five-story building, which will also include a new state-of-the-art surgery center, two levels of parking and enhanced family areas, such as a roof-top garden.

“We currently have an undersized NICU. The $2.5 million generous donation from the Haslam family will help us provide an even better experience for our patients and families, as well as anticipate emerging technology,” said Keith Goodwin, president and CEO of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. “As pediatric medicine and technology have changed, we are working hard to ensure we adapt and stay on the cutting-edge of health care. Our commitment to providing patients and families with excellent care is unwavering.”

Construction for the Children’s Hospital Expansion Project already has begun and is slated for completion in 2016.

For more information and additional opportunities to assist with the expansion project, please visit:


About Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is committed to making life better for professional drivers. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot Flying J has more than 650 retail locations. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 65,000 parking spaces for trucks, 4,400 showers and more than 4,500 diesel lanes offering DEF at the pump. Pilot Flying J, along with its subsidiaries, employs more than 24,000 people. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 7 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Visit for more information.

About East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s vision is Leading the Way to Healthy Children. Children’s Hospital is a private, independent, not-for-profit pediatric medical center which has served the East Tennessee region for more than 77 years and is certified by the state of Tennessee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.


Maria Cornelius