On Tuesday, Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) leaders hosted a special birthday party to mark the one-year anniversary of Central Kentucky’s only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Babies cared for in the NICU’s first year and their families joined Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) caregivers, HMH leaders and HMHF donors for the celebration.
The celebration included a “thank you” video tribute, featuring Brooke Wallace and her daughter, Malone, who needed NICU care when she was born last year.
HMHF Board Chairman, Joe Prather, thanked donors for investing to help the region’s most fragile newborns.
“It’s wonderful to celebrate the lives of these precious children,” Prather said. “What a blessing to see the impact your gifts have on families.”
Prather also touted how the NICU improved the level of care available in Central Kentucky. “Two neonatologists on staff provide around the clock care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they lead an incredibly loving and highly-skilled team of caregivers. This along with the renovations and equipment HMHF provided is a huge win for babies and families.”
“What’s happening in this NICU is another example of the tremendous momentum at HMH right now,” said Dennis Johnson, HMH President and CEO. “Patients of all ages can receive advanced care, near home, in state-of the-art facilities. We are grateful to all the donors, but especially to the WHAS Crusade for Children for providing so much equipment and renovation funding.”
HMHF raised more than $700,000 for the NICU through grants from local charitable organizations including the WHAS Crusade for Children, Kosair Charities, The Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels, and from the California-based Will Rogers Foundation, Brave Beginnings. Gifts from local pediatricians, individual donors, HMH employees and Center Stage Dance Studio of Elizabethtown also helped fully equip the HMH NICU.