For victims of sexual assault, knowing there is a group of highly trained, well-equipped professionals available to provide care can make a significant difference in their recovery.
Thanks to an $110,000 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant given to Hardin Memorial Health Foundation by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Hardin Memorial Health has been able to dramatically expand its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program.
Jenny Oldham, Hardin County Attorney and HMHF Board Member, said she has seen first-hand the value of the SANE program in the local court system.
“I am so proud to be a part of HMH Foundation’s commitment to help sexual assault victims across Central Kentucky,” Oldham said. “HMH’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are an essential resource to Hardin County investigations and the prosecution of sex offenses. But most importantly, these nurses provide unmeasurable support to sexual assault victims when they need it most.”
HMH is one of only four hospitals in Kentucky that has dedicated SANE-certified nurses who have completed specialized education, training and clinical preparation in the forensic care of sexual assault patients. Also, HMH’s newly expanded Emergency Department includes specialized SANE rooms that have elements specifically designed to treat sexual assault victims.
The VOCA Grant allows HMH to:
• purchase a colposcopy, advanced equipment for sexual assault victim exams and evidence collection/documentation;
• fund additional staff positions to provide 24-hour SANE availability; and
• provide training and certification for SANE nurses.
For more information on these or any other services, contact HMH at (270) 737-1212.