Source: The News-Enterprise
ISSUE: $200,000 grant is latest gift for NICU
OUR VIEW: HMH Foundation is having an impact
The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation put first things first.
Upon resurrecting the group, its first substantial achievement was the establishment of a six-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which recently marked its first anniversary.
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.
This breakthrough project has generated significant momentum as it attracted support from three of the Commonwealth’s most beloved charities — the WHAS Crusade for Children, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and more recently Kosair Charities.
The Kosair announcement produced a bit of unexpected drama with an on-the-spot revision converting a $160,000 check presentation into a $200,000 gift from the charity.
The donation was issued through Kosair Charities, but it included contributions from the Knights of Columbus 1455 and the Riasok Shrine Club, both based in Elizabethtown.
Overall, the foundation has collected community and institutional gifts of approximately $600,000 for the NICU.
“There is nothing that is dearer to my heart and the hearts I know of everyone in this room than little children who need our help, who need first-rate medical care,” HMH Foundation Chairman Joe Prather said. “This has served our people and served (them) well.”
Already more than 150 babies have received vital, specialized care in the hospital’s unit.
It is the first time Kosair Charities has provided a gift to HMH. Disruptions with its long-term relationship with Norton and the children’s hospital in Louisville may provide an opportunity for recurring support.
It was announced that Kosair’s contribution will go toward the purchase of two more Giraffe Omnibeds, adding to the three already in use, as well as an IntelliVue monitoring system and two Giraffe Warmers — all which will help support the unit’s growing volumes.
The monitoring system will allow neonatologists to monitor heart, oxygen, saturation and respiratory rates as well as blood pressure at the same time.
The hospital is in an exciting era of progress, development and financial success. But first and foremost, it is now better equipped to serve its most delicate patient with excellence.
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