Source: The News-Enterprise
Angela Ballard is the newest member of the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation Board of Directors, a news release from the organization announced.
Ballard, an advanced practice registered nurse at Hardin Memorial Health Medical Group’s Bardstown Family Medical Center, joins 25 other board members who work to strengthen HMH and fund breakthrough initiatives that improve Central Kentuckians’ health, the release said.
“We are so glad Angela decided to share her unique perspective and experience by serving on the Foundation Board,” Board Chairman Joe Prather said in the release. “She is a beloved caregiver in the HMH system and also a pillar of the Nelson County community. Angela will be an energizing addition to our already strong group.”
Ballard graduated from Louisville’s Spalding University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing. Her mother, a longtime nurse at Bardstown Family Medical Center, inspired her to enter the field, the release said.
Ballard began her career as a staff nurse in Louisville and then returned to Bardstown to work at Family Medical Center as a patient education nurse/staff nurse. She continued her education and later became an APRN, providing care to thousands of patients in Nelson and the surrounding counties.
Ballard said her passion for patient care and giving back to her community led her to join the foundation board.
“I am happy to join this group of strong regional leaders who are accomplishing amazing things for HMH patients,” said Ballard in the release. “Becoming a part of the HMH Foundation Board of Directors is another way I can help ensure families in Nelson County and across the region have even stronger health care for generations to come.”
Ballard and her husband, Michael, live in Bardstown and have four children and five grandchildren.
Her honors and accomplishments include a research article published in Oncology Nursing Forum. Ballard was named the American Cancer Society Public Education Volunteer of the Year, a member of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners/Nurse Midwives and is certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Since it was re-established in 2015 the foundation has raised more than $3 million and has invested in the HMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a pediatric therapeutic playground, 3D mammography and more, the release said.
Most recently the HMHF invested $29,693 to construct, furnish and equip a new HMH Cancer Care Resource Center located at the Hardin Memorial Health Cancer Care Center in Elizabethtown, the release said.