Kosair Charities awarded $300,000 Friday to Baptist Health Foundation Hardin Board of Directors.
The gift will allow the Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and BirthPlace teams to purchase new equipment to help some of their most fragile and youngest patients. The announcement was shared during a virtual meeting.
“The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation helped bring a fully equipped NICU, the only one of its kind, to Central Kentucky,” said Kosair Charities President Keith Inman in a news release. Inman is an Elizabethtown native. “We are especially proud to support the Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department team work to pursue a pediatric readiness designation, an important honor and assurance that the team offers the highest level of care for the more than 1,100 pediatric patients who come to the hospital each month.”
Kosair Charities has contributed more than $700,000 to the foundation since 2016. Central Kentucky has long supported Kosair Charities as well. The Brotherhood Banquet organized by the Knights of Columbus 1455 and the Riasok Shrine Club has raised money for Kosair Charities for more than 65 years.
“We live in a generous community, and it’s amazing how much we can accomplish when we work together for good,” Foundation Chairman Joe Prather said in the release. “We are honored to work with Keith and other community groups to give children access to the best possible care close to home.”
The Baptist Health Hardin NICU will receive an Infant Transport Incubator to transport babies without disturbance if they need to transfer to another hospital for more specialized care.
“Since our Level II NICU was established in 2015, we have cared for nearly 800 babies,” said BirthPlace Nurse Manager Dee Dee Diller. “Having the latest technology for our NICU babies is so important to help them thrive.”
BirthPlace will receive a Triton system and Fast Flow Blood Warmer to treat Postpartum Hemorrhaging, a preventable and potentially life-threatening condition for women after delivering a baby. The Triton system accurately tracks blood loss information during delivery and postpartum care to better detect PPH. Moreover, the Fast Flow Blood Warmer allows PPH patients to receive warmed blood quickly.
The hospital’s emergency department will receive equipment including an ultrasound machine, syringe pumps, fluid warmer, carts, vein viewers and pediatric temperature sensing catheters. The grant also will provide car seats for patients in need.
“Our team always wants to do whatever it takes to give patients the best so they set a goal to achieve the pediatric readiness designation,” said Deanna Parker, Baptist Health Hardin Assistant Vice President of Emergency Services in the release. “Kosair Charities and will help us meet the criteria to apply and meet our goal.”
Baptist Health Hardin’s emergency department annually sees more than 70,000 patients.