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Saint Joseph Berea Foundation Encourages Community to Participate Virtually in Annual Lights for Life

BEREA, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2021) – The Saint Joseph Berea Foundation is once again encouraging the community to participate virtually in its annual Lights for Life event to help local families in need. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the annual in-person holiday fundraiser and community tree-lighting ceremony has been canceled. However, community members can still help make a difference virtually.

Now in its 35th year, Lights for Life provides a tribute to loved ones, and raises funds to provide emergency assistance and medications year-round for underinsured and low-income patients in the Saint Joseph Berea service area.

With a $10 donation, a virtual light can be purchased in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. Donations received through the program help provide financial assistance to patients and families that cannot afford medical care.

“We hope that community members will join us again virtually for this wonderful event,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Berea Foundation. “Over the past two years during the pandemic, we have seen the impact a united community can have for those in need. We are so thankful for those who have continued to support this initiative, which helps patients in need and honors loved ones and friends.”

There are three convenient ways to donate to Lights for Life. Community members can donate online at, call 859.313.1705, or send a donation to the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, 1451 Harrodsburg Road, Suite D-308, Lexington, KY 40504.

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 Berea

Saint Joseph Berea is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Berea, Kentucky. Established in 1898 on the grounds of Berea College, the facility serves residents of Madison, Estill, Garrard, Jackson and Rockcastle counties. Saint Joseph Berea recognizes the importance of family, friends and familiar surroundings in the healing process and provides a breadth of services so that getting first-rate care doesn’t have to mean being far from home.

About Saint Joseph Berea Foundation

Saint Joseph Berea 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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Thursday, November 11, 2021

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