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Eleventh Annual Saint Joseph London Gala Raises $120,000 for NICU

LONDON, Ky. (February 4, 2020) – The Saint Joseph London Foundation’s 11th annual Gala for Hope raised $120,000 on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Proceeds from the event will support the establishment of a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Joseph London.

“Many babies who are in need of intensive care services often have to be transferred to Lexington,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, CHI Saint Joseph London Foundation. “Through the NICU addition at Saint Joseph London, we hope to be able to alleviate families of any excess financial and emotional burdens associated with traveling a far distance to receive care.”

Once complete, the $1.4 million expansion and renovation project will make Saint Joseph London one of only two hospitals in the entire southeastern region of Kentucky with a Birthing Center and a NICU.

The Gala for Hope was held at the London Community Center and included a silent auction, dinner, live music and an awards presentation.

Arif Khan, MD, was awarded Physician of the Year at the event. Dr. Khan has worked as a hospitalist for Saint Joseph London for 15 years.

Mark Roark, APRN, was awarded the Advanced Practice Clinician of the Year. He works for CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Orthopedics serving Saint Joseph London.

Over the last 11 years, the Gala for Hope has raised nearly $420,000 for the Saint Joseph London Foundation, which invests in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of health caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.

Sponsors of the Saint Joseph London Foundation Gala for Hope include presenting sponsor London Medical Properties LLC; blue carpet sponsor, Professional Home Health Care Agency Inc.; entertainment sponsor Legacy Nissan; healing sponsor, Dr. Kathryne Blair; hope sponsors, Aetna, Andrea Holecek, Benqueil’s Fine Jewelry, CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group, Christian Sturgeon, PLLC, Community Trust Bank, Cumberland Isotopes, Cumberland Valley National Bank, Aqeel Mandviwala, MD, Syed Bokhari, MD, the honorable Judge Robert Dyche III and Jane Winkler Dyche, Healogics Inc., Jim and Carolyn Robinette, JRA Architects, Laurel River Stoneworks, John and Leslie Smart, Re/Max Property Professionals, Saint Joseph London, Storm Law Offices, the honorable Mayor Troy Rudder and the City of London, University of the Cumberlands, VNA Health at Home, Window World of London, Ms. Sallie Davidson and CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Orthopedics.

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. 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 London Foundation
Saint Joseph London 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.



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Mary Branham, Director, Communications
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Publish date: 

Tuesday, February 04, 2020