The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) awarded the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) a grant of $5,803 to improve pediatric patients’ experiences when receiving care in the HMH Emergency Department. The funds will provide iPads and Star Sky Rotating Cosmos projectors that the ED team can use as distraction tools to help ease children’s fear and pain.
“We cast a wide net across the Commonwealth and across the scope of those in need, from aiding the abused, to assisting the handicapped, to supporting crisis relief, to historic preservation,” said HOKC Commanding General Lynn Ashton. “Our goal is to annually grant $5 million to worthy causes. All funding is generated through donations from active Colonels ranging from $1 to major gifts, so to get to that dollar amount we must reach Colonels not engaged with us.”
The HMH Emergency Department, the second busiest in Kentucky, cares for more than 1,000 pediatric patients each month, including those who have been sexually assaulted.
iPads help lower children’s anxiety, allowing the HMH team to conduct examinations more efficiently and effectively. Further, the Star Sky Rotating Cosmos projectors will instantly transform exam rooms into interesting, relaxing spaces in which children can watch images on a wall or ceiling as they receive care.
HMHF Board Chairman Joe Prather expressed gratitude for the grant that will enhance care for HMH’s youngest, most vulnerable patients.
“Visiting the emergency department can be a frightening ordeal for a child,” Prather said. “We are so thankful for the Kentucky Colonels’ support of the Foundation’s work to ensure these precious children receive care in the most comforting setting possible,” Prather said.
Since it was re-established in 2015, HMHF has raised more than $3.9 million to date and has invested in the HMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a pediatric therapeutic playground, the HMH SANE program, 3D mammography and more.
HOKC will award $2.1 million in grants supporting 265 non-profits, impacting more than 3.9 million Kentuckians. This year’s total is a record for HOKC’s Good Works Program and represents HOKC reaching the $50-million mark since the Colonels became a 501(c)3 in 1951. Grants are made possible through donations from active Kentucky Colonels from around the world who chose to exercise this honor in a meaningful way.
Those interested in being an active Kentucky Colonel or nominating someone to become a Kentucky Colonel may contact HOKC National Headquarters at (502) 266-6114 or go to www.kycolonels.org.