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Saint Joseph London Foundation Funds Neonatal Birthing Simulator Training Devices for Hospital
London, Ky. (July 17, 2013)—Saint Joseph London has two new permanent residents, Noelle and Newborn Hal, a neonatal birthing simulator and training device. The Saint Joseph London Foundation provided the pair to the hospital thanks to the generosity of donors.
The equipment will help hospital staff practice how to treat and react to a variety of situations that can arise in labor and delivery. Emerging medical simulation technologies, such as the Noelle and Hal mannequins, help provide training in a risk-free, supportive environment where complex cases of patient care can be identified, recreated and practiced.
The Saint Joseph London Foundation committed more than $66,000 to purchase the equipment, which is the largest expenditure for equipment it has made for the hospital to date.
“Simulation is increasingly being used to educate and train health care professionals,” said Barry A. Stumbo, president, Saint Joseph London Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Saint Joseph London staff will have an advanced tool for learning, training and preparation.”
Noelle’s fully articulating body allows health care providers to simulate deliveries in alternative birthing positions, practice with epidural procedures, practice cesarean sections and more.
“We are very excited to have advanced technology like Noelle and Hal available for our hospital staff and in particular, to support our busy birth center,” said Greg Gerard, president Saint Joseph London. “We are on pace to deliver over 1,100 babies this year and we are extremely grateful to the Foundation and supporters for this gift.”
In addition to its use as an advanced birthing simulator, the Noelle device, created by medical device company Gaumard, will also be used for other education and training programs at Saint Joseph London. Noelle can be programmed to exhibit a variety of symptoms for scenarios other than labor and delivery simulation.
Noelle and Newborn Hal will be permanently placed in room 2130 at the hospital for ongoing training exercises.
The Saint Joseph London Foundation is dedicated to building a healthier community through philanthropic leadership, charitable outreach and educational programming that support the hospital's primary mission of providing compassionate, curative and spiritual care to all who seek it.
About Saint Joseph London Foundation
The Saint Joseph London Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, primary purpose is to raise and administer funds to support the core values and mission of Saint Joseph London. One of the Foundation’s goals is to bridge the gap between medicine and compassion. The Foundation is always looking for ways to assist those in need. We are, however, funded solely by the generous contributions of those wishing to assist our efforts. For more information, please call 606.330.6008 or www.saintjosephlondon.org.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.