Source: The News-Enterprise
Hardin Memorial Health’s strategic care expansion has taken a giant leap forward thanks to the generosity of local people and a regional telethon started in 1954.
WHAS Crusade for Children’s recent $346,000 investment will go toward renovations to HMH’s BirthPlace maternity care unit and provide state-of-the-art equipment for the ninth-busiest delivery room in Kentucky.
The renovation and equipment acquisition are part of plans that eventually will allow HMH BirthPlace to operate fully as a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
HMH officials also announced that in September two teaching neonatologists from the University of Louisville Physicians Neonatology Group will join HMH to support a six-bed neonatal unit, greatly expanding the regional medical center’s ability to care for all babies, particularly premature or critically ill infants.
Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Wright said that means HMH will be able to uplift infant care and keep babies, moms and families together.
It’s gratifying to see local Crusade contributions being returned to the community. This was the largest single award presented by the Crusade this year.
All who manned roadblocks this year and all whose contributions totaled $168,600.19 locally, deserve our appreciation.
This development at HMH, and other expansions and upgrades announced recently by the regional medical center, come at a time when access to quality health care has become a primary concern for a majority of Americans, according to the U.S. National Academies’ Institute of Medicine.
HMH Chief Executive Officer Dennis Johnson said the Crusade grant aligns with HMH’s strategic vision of investing in facilities, recruiting first-in-class physicians and providing the highest level of care to the more than 400,000 people HMH serves throughout its 10-county service region.
The entire HMH team deserves special recognition for a vision that is providing effective, patient-centered health care for the community; a realistic plan to achieve that vision; and skillful execution of the plan.
Thanks also to the Crusade for Children for continuing investments that make a difference in communities all across the Commonwealth.