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Flaget Memorial Hospital Receives nearly $22,000 to Improve Hospital Experiences for Children

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2021) – The Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, on behalf of Flaget Memorial Hospital, has received a $21,819 grant from WHAS Crusade for Children that will be used to make the emergency department more accommodating for the youngest, and sometimes most anxious patients.

“Flaget Memorial Hospital’s emergency department experiences an average of 2,100 visits from children under the age of 17 every year,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation. “We are dedicated to making sure Nelson County’s children feel safe and comfortable when they enter our hospital, and thanks to WHAS Crusade for Children’s generosity, we can further our efforts.”

Flaget Memorial Hospital will utilize the grant funding to make an ER visit less stressful for its youngest patients. Driven by a partnership with Cox’s Creek Elementary School, the hospital will purchase supplies to create comfort bags for children, as well as refinish one room and a portion of the hospital’s waiting room to better accommodate younger populations.

“While going to the hospital can be an unnerving experience for many adults, it’s especially scary for children,” said Dawn Lee, president and CEO, WHAS Crusade for Children. “When we saw that Flaget Memorial Hospital wanted to make the experience more comfortable for children, we knew we wanted to help. We look forward to seeing how these funds will alleviate anxiety as children visit this facility.”

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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.

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 68 years, the Crusade has raised $200 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.


Publish date: 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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