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Kentucky Colonels Award $24,903 Grant to Help Patients
with Lung Disease at Flaget Memorial Hospital
Funding will provide alternative ventilatory support for high-risk patients
Bardstown, Ky. (November 18, 2016) – The Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded a $24,903 grant from the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels for the purchase of two Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure machines (BiPAP). The grant will enable Flaget Memorial Hospital to improve outcomes for one of its most vulnerable patient populations through the use of an alternate treatment for respiratory distress.
BiPAPs are low-pressure, electronic devices that provide non-invasive ventilation support through the use of a nasal or face mask. The device serves as an alternative for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients treated in the emergency department.
While intubation is generally a low-risk procedure, the risks are greater for elderly patients with health issues such as COPD, high blood pressure, smoking or obesity. These patients are at greater risk for heart attack, lung infections or stroke. BiPAP machines have two pressure settings — one for inhalation and one for exhalation — that allow patients to get a sufficient amount of air in and out of their lungs without the use of an intubation tube.
For more information about the BiPAP machines and respiratory care at Flaget Memorial Hospital, call 502.350.5000.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.
About the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization made up of talented men and women appointed by the governor because of their service to the state. The organization acts as the governor’s ambassadors of Kentucky’s rich history of arts and entertainment. The Kentucky Colonels’ primary objective is to support needy Kentucky charities by raising money from its membership and presenting grants through its annual Good Works program. In 2016, $1.5 million in grants were awarded to 174 Kentucky nonprofits serving nearly 3 million Kentucky residents.