Hardin Memorial Health will celebrate renovations of its obstetrics unit, BirthPlace, with a permanent photo mosaic.
Images of hundreds of people all of whom were “Born at HMH” will be part of the display. Photos posted to Facebook by Thursday using the hashtag #bornathmh will be considered for the mosaic.
HMH launched the initiative last October to celebrate its new fully operational Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the long-lasting connections many throughout the region have to the healthcare system via being born in BirthPlace.
HMH Chief Marketing and Development Officer Tracee Troutt called the response to the initiative “terrific,” noting some photos included multiple generations as well as groups of siblings, friends and coworkers, according to an HMH news release.
“We’ve enjoyed seeing the hundreds of images people posted, and we are excited about displaying the photos in a permanent way,” said Troutt. “Each photograph represents a life that started within the walls of our hospital and the sheer number of them reminds us why HMH is the 11th busiest delivering hospital in Kentucky.”
WHAS Crusade for Children is providing funding for renovations expected to be completed this fall. HMH also purchased critically important NICU equipment with funds given by the Crusade.
The HMH Foundation has raised more than $600,000 for the new NICU from charitable organizations like WHAS Crusade for Children, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Brave Beginnings and from individual donors who want to help strengthen HMH. Even young dancers at Elizabethtown’s Center Stage Dance Studio, many of whom were born at HMH, raised money for HMH.
“The Foundation’s work is making a big difference for so many babies and their families. Because of the equipment and renovations they have secured for our NICU, many ‘Born at HMH’ today can be cared for in a NICU close to home,” Troutt said in the release.
People participating in the Born at HMH initiative are also welcome to download the Born at HMH sign to hold when they take the picture for posting. The sign is available on the HMH website at hmh.net.