Source: The News-Enterprise
The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation — under the leadership of board chairman Joe Prather and board adviser Diane Logsdon — has reformed and reignited itself following a lengthy hiatus.
The newly assembled 23-member board reflects a who’s who of top community and business leaders. These men and women represent a broad range of professional prowess and are investing both personal talent and treasure toward the goal of carrying forward the growing legacy of Hardin Memorial Hospital.
The foundation’s primary purpose is to support, enhance and expand the activities of Hardin Memorial Hospital and improve the health and well being of the people it serves. Already, it directly and indirectly has generated impressive momentum toward major endeavors it refers to as “breakthrough” projects.
First on its list: HMH’s new Level II NICU in BirthPlace.
More than $400,000 has been generated through a combination of grants and contributions secured through the foundation, hospital physician groups and the WHAS Crusade for Children toward BirthPlace.
Launching this month, the six-bed unit will employ a team consisting of two neonatologists added to the hospital’s 15 pediatricians, 10 obstetricians and two certified midwives. Serving as the only fully functioning unit of its type in central Kentucky, the BirthPlace neonatal intensive care unit will be a key addition to the quality health-care services provided by HMH.
Considering HMH sees an average 1,600 newborns annually putting it in the top 10 delivery centers in Kentucky, a NICU is a welcomed addition for the 10-county region HMH serves.
Tracee Trout, a foundation board member and HMH chief development officer, describes the foundation’s greater mission as being one of building philanthropy in the region and not just serving as a fundraising network.
Educating the community about the gaps that exist between any sizeable health care facility’s thin operating margin and the high cost of investing in state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology is no easy task. Generating the funding to support these ongoing improvements is even harder. Where no group of focused and passionate individuals such as the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation exists, the challenge can be near impossible.
HMH is fortunate to have this team in place and engaged. With targeted improvements such as the NICU and the $13 million expansion of the hospital’s emergency department, the financial investments the foundation will secure will be a critical part of the hospital’s continued success.