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Saint Joseph Berea Receives $12,000 Grant to Purchase Vein Finders for Pediatric Emergency Department and Outpatient Laboratory Patients

BEREA, Ky. (July 27, 2022) – The Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, on behalf of Saint Joseph Berea, has received a $12,000 grant from WHAS Crusade for Children that will be used to help improve the facility’s emergency department equipment for pediatric patients. The equipment will enhance care for the more than 2,900 pediatric emergency room visits each year.

“A visit to the emergency room can be frightening for children,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Berea Foundation. “Thanks to the WHAS Crusade for Children, we will purchase vital equipment that will make the visit to the ER a little less stressful for of our most vulnerable patients during emergency medical situations.”

Saint Joseph Berea will use the grant to purchase vein finders to serve pediatric patients. The equipment will ensure that the medical staff can improve the efficiency and response time for treatment and care during urgent medical situations, when timing and equipment matters the most.

“We are committed to providing resources that serve children in need,” said Dawn Lee, president and CEO, WHAS Crusade for Children. “We are proud to support Saint Joseph Berea, because, as the only 24/7 critical access hospital in the community, it ensures children have access to emergency care closer to home.”

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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 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.

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.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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