BARDSTOWN, Ky. (May 18, 2022) – The Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, on behalf of Flaget Memorial Hospital, has received a grant of $2,210,431.55 from the Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana to enhance care at CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Center at Flaget Memorial Hospital. The grant will help provide state-of-the-art equipment and treatment services for patients closer to home.
The grant will be used to upgrade the hospital with a new linear accelerator (LINAC), a radiation treatment device for cancer patients. This new equipment allows for an increased dose rate, which can cut patients’ radiation therapy time by half. It also has high-definition capabilities, allowing for minimally invasive treatment with the highest accuracy and efficiency while minimizing patient discomfort and radiation dose.
“A lot has changed in radiation technology since we obtained our current LINAC,” said Jennifer Nolan, president, Flaget Memorial Hospital. “We are grateful to the Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana for helping us to ensure our cancer center has state-of-the-art equipment to serve our patients and eliminate hardship for families who may face travel and transportation barriers.”
The new equipment will allow the Flaget cancer team to increase the types of radiation treatment available, including stereotactic body radiation therapy, which is considered the standard of care for local and metastatic diseases. Patients who receive medical oncology treatments at the Flaget cancer center, but who must be referred elsewhere for radiation treatment, will soon be able to get all their cancer treatments at Flaget. It will also make care coordination easier for patients and decrease the potential for delays in treatment.
“The Flaget cancer center is among the best in the state,” said Bill Conway, chair, Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation. “This new equipment means cancer patients in the Nelson County area will be able to access more treatments in radiation oncology close to home.”
To learn more about the CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Center at Flaget Memorial Hospital, call 502.350.5700, or visit www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/flaget-memorial-hospital/services/cancer-care.html.
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 Flaget Memorial Hospital
Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of CHI Saint Joseph Health, is a 52-bed facility located in Bardstown, Kentucky. Established in 1951 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the facility serves residents of Nelson, Hardin, Marion, Washington, Spencer, Bullitt and LaRue counties. The facility is also home to Nelson County’s first full-service cancer center and is nationally recognized for orthopedic and surgical care, as well as inpatient satisfaction.
About Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation
Flaget Memorial Hospital 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.