Community support helps Hardin Memorial Health Foundation fund breakthrough projects, said HMH Vice President and Chief Development and Marketing Officer Tracee Troutt, who presented a Foundation update at the HMH Board of Trustees meeting in March.
Gifts of all sizes help HMHF help HMH improve patient care for Central Kentuckians. In 2018, HMHF received its first ever seven-figure donation, $2.5 million from Rita and Dr. Bob Robbins, she said. The Robbins also pledged another $2.5 million in the form of an estate gift. “Thanks to the generosity of this couple, our Foundation will be better positioned to secure additional major gifts,” Troutt said.
Troutt also mentioned that every gift, no matter the size matters. She described how HMHF benefitted in 2018 from an influx of community organizations and businesses who directed the money they raised from fundraisers to HMHF. These important gifts included more than $22,000 for HMH Cancer Care from Atria Senior Living, Collier Title Services, Hardin County Schools, and Clagett Periodontics and Implant Dentistry as well from as the Backyard Classic, an annual Elizabethtown endurance run.
Troutt also lauded the Morningside Elementary Student Council, 4th graders who designated the money they raised selling valentines to the HMH Pet Therapy program.
HMHF gave HMH $32,500 to establish the program, allowing the hospital to begin to establish this important anxiety relieving benefit for patients and staff.
Troutt told the Board of Trustees that HMHF received over $374,000 in grant funding last year from two long-standing supporters — Kosair Charities and the WHAS Crusade for Children and from Federal grant funding from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
These grants expanded HMHF’s support of HMH’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. The monies are being used to recruit and hire more SANEs, provide training, employ a SANE Program Manager and fund a new position for a Sexual Assault Care Coordinator (SACC) who is providing much needed follow-up care for sexual assault patients.
Over the past three years, HMHF raised over $400,000 for the critically important HMH SANE program.
Since it was re-established in 2015, HMHF raised more than $3.6 million.