Baptist Health Hardin’s Pediatric Therapy services provides physical, occupational and speech therapy to more than 2,000 children ages birth to 18 years, across the region. These services have always been in high demand and the program consistently has a waiting list.
The Foundation has worked with Baptist Health Hardin Therapy Centers in Bardstown, Elizabethtown, and Radcliff to equip the facilities with fun and engaging resources to support patient therapy.
“The ropes, stairs, doors and ‘toys’ all have an intended purpose to help our young patients improve,” said Dan Martin, Baptist Health Hardin’s Assistant Vice President, Oncology Services & Rehabilitation Services.
The Foundation, with the support of its grantors, funded a one-of-a-kind indoor therapeutic playground for Central Kentucky children in need of advanced therapy services. The 1,500 square-foot playground, located in the Baptist Health Hardin Therapy and Sports Medicine Center on Ring Road, features equipment designed to support physical, occupational and speech therapy.
The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) made a grant to purchase the Solo-Step Fall Prevention System. The harness walking system is suitable for children and adults, the Solo-Step provides standing balance, prevents falls and helps in step training. It can improve therapy results for patients after a stroke, amputation or spinal cord injury or those with a neurological disorder.
WHAS Crusade for Children
WHAS Crusade for Children provided a grant to purchase concussion management software called the Bioness Integrated Therapy System (BITS®). The BITS® uses visual motor activities, visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills and endurance training to measure a student athletes progress should they sustain a head injury.
WesBanco, the Foundation’s first corporate donor, served as the project catalyst, providing the funds to build out and equip the therapeutic playground. WesBanco sought to fund the facility after hearing about the children waiting to receive therapy.