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Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East Receives $24,000 Grant to Purchase Equipment for Labor and Delivery Care

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2021) – The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, on behalf of the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East, has received a $24,000 grant from WHAS Crusade for Children that will be used to purchase equipment to benefit newborns in the Lexington area.

The equipment will be used by the Women’s Hospital’s Birthing Center to replace vital yet outdated equipment, known as the Panda™ Warmer, to provide urgent, specialized care to an increasing number of newborns as they may face adverse medical challenges. The advanced technology of the Panda™ Warmer helps to keep newborns’ bodies warm through temperature regulation during possible resuscitation, which ensures the medical staff at the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East can quickly respond to the smallest changes in the infants’ health and needs.

“Expectant mothers choose the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East because they can count on receiving the high quality care,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “This new equipment will help advance the care we provide and will allow our staff to closely monitor newborn infants that need specialized medical care. Our staff will be able to provide this level of medical attention to our patients, thanks to the generosity from WHAS Crusade for Children.”

“Our goal is to make life better for children with special needs and their families,” said Dawn Lee, president and CEO, WHAS Crusade for Children. “With this funding, the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East will help newborns in the Lexington area that are experiencing medical challenges, and we are proud to help aid in this advancement.”

The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East is the only freestanding hospital in Lexington dedicated to women’s and neonatal health services and is a leader in central Kentucky for neonatal intensive care services.

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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 Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East

The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East is a 16-bed Level III NICU located in Lexington, Kentucky. Established in 2010, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a state-of-the-art hospital dedicated exclusively to the health and well-being of women. The facility features patient- and family-centered design and amenities.

About Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

Saint Joseph Hospital 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 68 years, the Crusade has raised $200 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, September 21, 2021

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