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Saint Joseph Berea Receives $35,000 Grant to Support Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

BEREA, Ky. (July 25, 2023) – The Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, on behalf of Saint Joseph Berea, has received a $35,000 grant from WHAS Crusade for Children. The funding will help enhance the hospital’s pediatric rehabilitation therapy program, which provides comprehensive and specialized programming for children with disabilities and disorders.

With the funding, Saint Joseph Berea will acquire strength-building and vestibular support equipment, and additional items to ensure sensory building and patient safety. These resources will help provide specialized treatment and improve the development of evidence-based treatment plans tailored to each child’s unique needs and challenges.

“With this grant, we can further our commitment to providing high quality care and supporting children in our community who face various challenges,” said Delaine Thiel, CFRE, vice president of philanthropy, Saint Joseph Berea Foundation. “This funding will be used for resources to offer specialized treatment options to help each child reach his or her goal.”

Children with sensory processing disorders, injury recovery needs and speech disorders will benefit greatly from the enhanced services made possible by this grant. Acquiring the state-of-the-art equipment will enable the hospital’s staff to provide comprehensive and individualized care, helping children reach their full potential.

“Our pediatric rehabilitation therapy program helps children become more independent,” said John Yanes, president, Saint Joseph Berea. “We appreciate the continuing support from WHAS Crusade for Children as we live our mission to improve the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable.”

The WHAS Crusade for Children is committed to improving the lives of children with special needs. By supporting Saint Joseph Berea, the Crusade is helping to ensure that children in the community have access to the care and support they deserve. This grant reflects the shared vision of both organizations, positively impacting the lives of children and their families.

“Saint Joseph Berea is truly making a difference in the lives of many children and their families daily,” said Dawn Lee, president and CEO, WHAS Crusade for Children. “Having access to specialized and comprehensive care closer to home helps alleviate the stress many families face, and we are proud to support Saint Joseph Berea and their impact.”

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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 provides 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 70 years, the Crusade has raised $211 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, July 25, 2023

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