Your Community Bankshares President and CEO Jim Rickard presents a check for $50,000 to Hardin Memorial Health Foundation Chairman Joe Prather. The gift from Your Community Bank will fund an indoor therapeutic playground at the HMH Therapy and Sport Medicine Center in Elizabethtown.
At the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce October Luncheon, Your Community Bank presented a $50,000 gift to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation to fund the construction of a 1,500 square-foot indoor pediatric therapeutic playground. The playground will be part of the 3,700 square-foot expansion of the HMH Therapy and Sports Medicine Center, near Ring and Rineyville roads in Elizabethtown.
The gift is the first corporate donation to the HMH Foundation, which launched earlier this year and has raised nearly $500,000 for HMH’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“With the region’s only fully operational Level II NICU, the demand for pediatric therapeutic services is intensifying and there is already a waiting list due to space limitations,” said HMH Foundation Chairman Joe Prather. “Most NICU babies need therapy services at birth and many for years after. Your Community Bank’s investment is the catalyst for this expansion to increase the level of care for Central Kentucky children.”
Jim Rickard, the President and CEO of Your Community Bankshares, the parent company of Your Community Bank, was on hand to make the announcement. Rickard indicated that Your Community Bank is consistently named amongst the top mid-sized philanthropic organizations in the region.
“Your Community Bank has a long history of philanthropy in the communities it serves,” said Rickard. “With our new presence in Hardin County we wanted to step forward and make this investment in the community. Who better to invest in than this region’s children?”
HMH President and CEO Dennis Johnson shared how the space would allow therapists to treat patients on a therapeutic playground that allows the therapists to simulate real-life functional activities in a rehabilitative setting. The goal is to help these children interact appropriately with their peers, projecting their voices and playing without the fear of being made fun of at their local playground or at school.
“Most importantly, the overall expansion will allow more children to receive the Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy they need close to home,” said Johnson.
Johnson shared his gratitude for Your Community Bank and touted the tremendous work the HMH Foundation is doing to secure funding for breakthrough initiatives that the HMH system otherwise could not fund.
“In the case of this investment, it was the catalyst for the larger 3,700 square-foot expansion we will undertake,” Johnson said.