Friday, August 30, 2019

Crusade for Children grants help 3 CHI St. Joseph hospitals

The WHAS Crusade for Children has given the Saint Joseph London Foundation $100,000 to establish a Level II neonatal intensive care unit at Saint Joseph London hospital. The unit will be one of only two Level II NICUs in southeastern Kentucky.

The unit “will be equipped to continue providing the best care to infants affected by premature birth, neonatal abstinence syndrome, fetal anomaly and respiratory disease,” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, president of the foundation.

The crusade also gave the foundation $36,000 to enhance patient care in the NICU and birthing center at the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East in Louisville, and $35,000 to the Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation to make its emergency department and operating rooms at Flaget Memorial Hospital more accommodating for young children. The Bardstown hospital gets more than 4,000 visits from children each year, CHI St. Joseph Health said in a news release.

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