Foundation Board of Directors includes area business, community leaders
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – A newly launched organization is positioning Hardin Memorial Health to provide the best possible care long into the future.
The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation will champion and secure funding for breakthrough initiatives that the HMH system otherwise could not fund. By investing in innovative equipment and technology that further the capabilities of physicians and providers, the Foundation can help HMH dramatically improve the health of the over 400,000 people it serves.
“There’s nothing more important than quality healthcare,” said Foundation Board Chairman Joe Prather. “We need to help keep HMH strong today and for future generations.”
Prather is joined on the board of directors by a diverse group of 22 other regional leaders who, similar to the visionary people who came together to establish the hospital more than 60 years ago, are passionate about ensuring the citizens of Central Kentucky have access to the highest quality care close to home.
Local business leader Jim Hartlage, Vice Chair of the Foundation Board, whose father was among those who first championed the need for the hospital many years ago, noted the impact HMH has throughout 10 counties.
“It’s a robust healthcare system, with extremely well-qualified doctors, that continues to add more and more services,” he said. “I cannot think of another local organization that touches so many lives and helps so many. We have to do our part to help it succeed and excel.”
With both the legacy and future of healthcare in mind, the Foundation just launched a multi-media campaign called “It’s Our Turn. It’s Our HMH.” The campaign includes a new website, www.ourhmh.org, communication efforts and other tools to introduce the Foundation, remind citizens what HMH means to both wellness and the regional economy, and to invite people to support the very vital HMH.
With the launch of the Foundation, HMH joins other major healthcare systems across the state and nation that benefit from philanthropy and civic leadership.
“At a time when most hospitals are fighting to fund critical projects and even for their very existence, an active Foundation is essential,” said HMH President and CEO Dennis Johnson. “We are so fortunate to have this extraordinary group of people dedicated to pursuing investments that will keep our HMH strong for many years.”
The Foundation is independent of the health system, and 100 percent of the funds it secures will be used to invest in transformational initiatives that provide even greater access to care, such as the hospital’s enhanced neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) launching September 1. HMH’s operating budget covers all the Foundation’s overhead and administrative expenses.
In 2014, HMH hired Chief Development Officer Tracee Bell Troutt, who leads the Foundation and has worked alongside board members to establish the plan needed to provide a way for citizens across Central Kentucky to invest in and interact more deeply with HMH.
“The amazing leaders of this new Board of Directors want to make a big impact and improve the health of the people HMH serves,” Troutt said. “Their work will help HMH move farther faster and I am honored to serve with them.”