Baptist Health Hardin’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin’s first project. Since 2015, the Foundation has raised more than $1 million to equip the NICU with the necessary resources to keep our youngest patients and families close to home.
More than 1,600 babies are born each year in the Baptist Health Hardin BirthPlace, many of them requiring specialized care that the Level II NICU now provides. Since the NICU became fully operational in 2015, more than 1,000 babies have received care. The six-bed NICU is regularly full and on average, babies stay for nearly 4 days. Several babies who needed to be born in higher level NICU’s have returned to Baptist Health Hardin, closer to family, to complete their NICU stays.
Baptist Health Hardin NICU Medical Director and Neonatologist Dr. Bridget Hempel said minutes matter when it comes to providing care for vulnerable babies.
“Having access to the latest, state-of-the-art equipment means better and more comfortable care for NICU babies,” said Dr. Hempel. “A NICU close to home also keeps families together and that reduces stress and aides in overall care and patient experience.”
$50,000 in 2016
The Foundation received its first national grant from Brave Beginnings for the HMH Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in May 2016. The $50,000 gift is the first Brave Beginnings grant to any Kentucky hospital or foundation. The funds purchased a central cardiorespiratory monitoring system and a vein viewer.
$36,750 in 2015
The Foundation received a $36,750 grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) to purchase a new monitoring system called NicView for each of the new NICU beds. The web-based device, developed in Kentucky, allows geographically separated families as well as immobile mothers who delivered by cesarean section, to monitor the care of and interact with their newborns.
$800,000 since 2016
The Foundation has received more than $800,000 from Kosair Charities for the NICU and other programs supporting children. Kosair Charities has funded multiple pieces of NICU equipment including an Infant Transport Incubator to safely transport babies without disturbance if they need to transfer to another hospital for more specialized care.
WHAS Crusade for Children
$1 million since 2002
WHAS Crusade for Children has granted over $786,000 to the Foundation since 2015. Local firefighters and countless fundraisers raise money in Central Kentucky every year and the WHAS Crusade for Children certainly returns it to help local children. WHAS Crusade for Children funding equipped much of the Level II NICU and also renovated the waiting room and formula room at the NICU.