KUDOS: Praising positives in our community

Kosair Charities has been a big part of local health care for decades.

Recently, the Hardin Mem­orial Health Foundation benefited from a $78,060 gift for Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Neo­natal Intensive Care Unit. Since 2015, the Louisville-based philanthropic organization has donated more than $300,000 to the foundation for the NICU.

That’s significant in dollars and commitment.

In the three years since the hospital’s unit has been fully operational, about 500 babies have received care, according to a news release announcing the gift. Many of these children are in a life-and-death struggle and are taken care of locally.

The recent donation by Kosair Charities will be used to purchase temperature-controlled beds which provide temperature management and monitor oxygen, heart rate and weight, along with new Vapotherm equipment and admission/treatment carts. The equipment helps deliver faster and safer respiratory therapy, and the carts allow needed equipment to be at the bedside for every delivery.

We are fortunate to have the region’s only Level II NICU for many reasons, such as the immediate care newborns receive, and when a child is in NICU, parents and family members don’t have far to travel to be closer to their children.

The NICU is a part of the hospital you don’t notice until your family needs it. When you do, you realize how fortunate we are to have it.