Funding will be used to purchase equipment for newborn care in Montgomery County area
MOUNT STERLING, KY – The Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, on behalf of Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, has received $8,000 in funding from WHAS Crusade for Children to assist the hospital's most vulnerable patients – newborns.
With this grant, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling will purchase an additional jaundice meter for its birth center. This tool is a non-invasive method to screen infants for jaundice without drawing their blood, streamlining the process and making it more efficient when timing is critical.
“Saint Joseph Mount Sterling is proud to welcome more than 200 babies into the world each year, and with this funding, will us to purchase additional technology to continue offering state-of-the-art, efficient care for newborns during those critical hours,” said Delaine Thiel, CFRE, vice president of philanthropy, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation. “We are thankful for the generous funding from WHAS Crusade for Children to help us bring the latest cutting-edge technology to care for our patients.”
“One of the most joyful times in the hospital is the birth of a new baby,” said John Yanes, president, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “Having the latest equipment available to care for newborns helps to remove stress and concern for families. We are happy to be a part of those moments for families in our community and grateful for the support of WHAS Crusade for Children.”
Jaundice is a condition that causes the skin and whites of the eyes to turn yellow due to the blood building up a fluid made in the liver called bilirubin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60% of newborns are diagnosed with jaundice, which typically develops in newborns during the first 72 hours of life. Newborns should be monitored closely for any sign of the condition during this critical time. If left untreated, jaundice can lead to brain damage.
“We are proud to support Saint Joseph Mount Sterling and its birth center through this grant,” said Dawn Lee, president and CEO, WHAS Crusade for Children. “We want to help ensure that all parents can have peace of mind knowing their newborns are in good hands.”
To learn more about how you can support Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, visit www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/saint-joseph-mount-sterling-foundation.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About Saint Joseph Mount Sterling
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling is a 42-bed community hospital located in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. Established in 1918, the facility serves residents of Montgomery, Bath, Menifee, Powell and Rowan counties. An investment of $60 million opened the current facility in 2011.
About Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation
Saint Joseph Hospital Mount Sterling Foundation supports CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.
About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, established by WHAS-TV in 1954, raises money for agencies, hospitals and schools that make life better for children with special needs. In its first 69 years, the Crusade has raised $205 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade returns 100% of all donations to organizations that serve children with special needs in Kentucky and southern Indiana. Fire departments raise nearly 60% of the donations each year by staging roadblocks and hosting other fundraising events.
Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954. The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.