Mount Sterling, Ky. (May 28, 2019) – Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has a good reason to recognize Better Hearing Month, which is held each May to raise awareness of communication disorders. Thanks to funding from WHAS Crusade for Children and the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, the hospital is able to provide the latest technology for testing hearing in newborns.
The hospital received a $10,000 grant from WHAS Crusade for Children last year to purchase the portable hearing screening monitor; the grant was matched by the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation. The equipment allows staff to assess newborns’ hearing and refer for early intervention if there is a problem. The test is noninvasive and parents receive the results before leaving the hospital.
“We are happy that we were able to upgrade the hearing screening monitor at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling with the help of a generous donation from the WHAS Crusade for Children,” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation. “This thin portable machine can provide early detection for any hearing issues newborns may have and alerts parents that they may need to seek a referral from their pediatrician for additional testing or treatment.”
The 66th annual WHAS Crusade for Children is June 1-2, 2019.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. 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 Mount Sterling
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling is a 42-bed community hospital located in Mount Sterling, KY. Established in 1918, the facility serves residents of Montgomery, Bath, Menifee, Powell and Rowan counties, and contiguous counties. An investment of $60 million opened the current facility in 2011.
About Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation
Saint Joseph Hospital Mount Sterling 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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