Saint Joseph Hospital foundation awarded $36,000 grant

Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ) – Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation has been awarded a $36,000 grant from WHAS Crusade for Children.

They say these funds will be used to enhance patient care within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and Birthing Center at the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East.

Funds from WHAS Crusade for Children will be used to purchase a GE Giraffe OmniBed, 16 Natus Nicview Wireless Camera Systems and 18 Medela Symphony hospital-grade breast pumps for nursing mothers of babies in the NICU.

“Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East is the only freestanding Kentucky hospital dedicated to Women’s and Neonatal Health Services, and is a leader in Central Kentucky for our neonatal intensive care services with board-certified neonatologists and nurse practitioners available 24 hours a day,” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation.

They say as a Level III neonatal provider with 16 licensed beds, the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East provides a high level of care for NICU patients 28 weeks or older weighing 1,000 grams and above.

“Upgrading our NICU with this valuable equipment will improve our patient outcomes and save lives,” Smart said.

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