At April’s Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) Board of Trustees meeting, Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) leaders reported on the organization’s 2016 success generating more than $1 million in investments for HMH.
“While the Foundation Board is pleased with this tremendous success, we have so much more to do,” said Joe Prather, HMHF Board chairman. “We want to ensure that HMH has the very best equipment and the very best facilities so it is positioned to attract and keep high quality physicians and continues to provide advanced healthcare close to home.”
Prather said that 100 percent of the funds HMHF receives go directly to HMH for breakthrough initiatives like the Foundation’s first project, HMH’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU is the only one of its kind in the 10-county region that HMH serves.
“In our first two years, we have invested more than $700,000 for equipment and renovations to the NICU,” said Prather. “That means our region’s most fragile newborns can receive the care they need when minutes matter most.”
In 2016, the Foundation received a $50,000 gift for the NICU from Brave Beginnings, a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. It was the Foundation’s first national grant and the first Brave Beginnings grant ever awarded in Kentucky.
Prather said the Board was also thrilled to receive over $200,000 from Kosair Charities, the first award of its kind specifically for HMH. The gift was originally $160,000 but Kosair Charities CEO Randy Coe increased the amount at the announcement at HMH last fall. At a reception just before Christmas, Kosair Charities gave the Foundation an additional $25,000, bringing the total investment to $225,000.
Prather credited two local civic organizations, the Knights of Columbus 1455 and the Riasok Shrine Club, for their long-standing support to Kosair Charities and their willingness to shine a spotlight on the needs of the HMH NICU, including at their annual Brotherhood Banquet.
“For years, the Brotherhood Banquet leaders raised money for Kosair Charities. We are so glad so much money just returned to this area for HMH,” said Prather.
Tracee Troutt, HMH Chief Marketing and Development Officer, reported the Foundation’s 2016 work extended beyond support for the HMH NICU and included a $110,000 Victims of Crime Act grant benefitting HMH’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. HMH offers victims one of the state’s four SANE programs, in which trained nurses perform specialized forensic exams.
“We are honored we could provide funds for SANE equipment and training,” said Troutt. “The Foundation is all about providing the extras HMH needs.”
Troutt also highlighted the Foundation’s first corporate donation from WesBanco. Their donation, along with gifts from the WHAS Crusade for Children and the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels, allowed HMHF to invest more than $100,000 for pediatric therapy services, including a one-of-a-kind therapeutic playground at HMH’s Ring Road location in Elizabethtown.
Troutt said that the Foundation’s success would not be possible without the Board’s passion for HMH.
“Twenty-four exceptional community leaders lead our two-year-old philanthropic Foundation,” said Troutt. “Each of them understands how strong HMH is today, but more importantly, how much investment and support HMH must have for the future.”
Harry Berry, Chairman of the HMH Board of Trustees, thanked the Foundation for its support.
“HMH’s financial and capital needs are enormous,” said Berry. “People often forget that while county-owned, HMH receives no tax dollars, so philanthropy will become even more critical.”
Learn more about HMH Foundation’s breakthrough investments here.