Source: The News-Enterprise
Care for the region’s fragile newborns is about to become more advanced.
Kosair Charities today will present the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation with a $78,060 gift for the HMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit — the only Level II NICU in the region.
Kosair, a Louisville-based philanthropic organization, has donated more than $300,000 to the foundation for the NICU since 2015.
HMH will use the money to purchase temperature-controlled beds that provide temperature management and monitor oxygen, heart rate and weight, according to a news release from the health care group.
HMH also will purchase new Vapotherm equipment, which helps deliver faster and safer respiratory therapy, and admission/treatment carts that allow needed equipment to be at the bedside for every delivery.
Since the NICU became fully operational in 2015, nearly 500 babies have received care, according to the release. The six-bed unit regularly is full and, on average, babies stay for nearly four days.
Several babies who needed to be born in higher-level NICUs have returned to HMH, closer to family, to complete their stays, the release said.
Minutes matter when it comes to providing care for vulnerable babies, NICU Medical Director and Neonatologist Dr. Bridget Hempel said in the release.
“Having access to the latest, state-of-the-art equipment means better and more comfortable care for NICU babies,” she said. “A NICU close to home also keeps families together and that reduces stress and aides in overall care and patient experience.”
In three years, with the help of Kosair Charities and others, the HMH Foundation has raised nearly $1 million for the NICU, the release said.