Crusade awards $95,000 to HMH Foundation

More than $90,000 has been awarded to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation by WHAS Crusade for Child­ren for the purchase of pediatric equipment.

The foundation announced Wednesday in a news release it was awarded $95,000 to purchase the equipment for Hardin Memorial Health’s emergency department and Bardstown pediatric therapy center.

Each month, the emergency department team cares for more than 1,000 babies and children from a 10-county region. The release said one piece of new equipment will help critically ill and injured pediatric patients by rapidly assessing their need for fluid replenishment. Another new piece of equipment, a vein illuminator, will help decrease stress for the patient, parents and nurses by reducing multiple “sticks” and failed attempts.

The release also said the grant will provide a warmer for newborns delivered in the emergency department.

In addition, the release said the WHAS Crusade for Children grant will help HMH provide advanced pediatric therapy services at the HMH Pediatric Therapy and Sports Medicine Center located at Bardstown Medical Plaza.

Foundation Chairman Joe Prather in the release ex­pressed gratitude to the crusade’s long standing support of HMH.

“Since 2002, the WHAS Crusade for Children awarded more than $922,000 to HMHF to strengthen HMH pediatric care and to fully equip the region’s only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This is a significant investment that has had a major impact on the quality of life for countless Central Kentucky children,” he said.

WHAS Crusade for Child­ren President and CEO Dawn Lee also touted the longtime partnership.

“We are grateful to help HMH care for children with special needs,” Lee said in the release. “We also are incredibly thankful for the generous contributions that the communities served by HMH make to the WHAS Crusade for Children.”

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