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Saint Joseph London Receives Grant to Improve Heart Care
for Region’s Youngest Patients
London, Ky. (October 26, 2017) – Pediatric and infant heart and vascular patients at Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, now have better monitoring technology closer to home. With the help of a $10,000 grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Saint Joseph London has purchased echo probes sized specifically for smaller patients.
Echo probes are required to complete echocardiograms, a noninvasive test needed to create an image of the heart to assess structure and functional problems. Saint Joseph London already offered the probes for teen and adult patients, but younger patients often had to be transported to other hospitals for this test.
“My team recognized this as an access issue,” said Brady Dale, director, cardiopulmonary services, Saint Joseph London. “We wanted to ensure our most vulnerable patients received quality and timely care, by providing the echocardiograms here at the hospital.”
The size of the probes needed varies as children age and grow. The grant from the Kentucky Colonels means Saint Joseph London will be able to take care of all patients, despite their age.
“Reducing the stress of travel and transfers for our youngest patients and their families is why this grant is so helpful,” said Terry Deis, president, Saint Joseph London. “Because of the Kentucky Colonels, these patients can get the testing they need, closer to home.”
“We’re blessed to have an organization like the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels,” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “This group of Kentuckians truly understands the importance of ensuring our future generations have a healthy start to life.”
The Kentucky Colonels is an organization of men and women appointed by the Governor because of their citizenship and service. Its primary objective is to support Kentucky organizations that stand ready to help citizens everywhere. Through its Good Works Program, the Kentucky Colonels distributed $1.5 million to support 171 worthy causes this year, which will impact more than 3 million people across the state.
About Saint Joseph London
Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, is a 120-bed full service hospital located in London, KY. The current $152 million regional hospital opened in 2010 featuring the latest technology along with nationally ranked, award-winning services. All patient rooms are private, with most overlooking a small lake and garden on the 52-acre healing environment. Saint Joseph London was founded in 1926 and treats patients from southeastern Kentucky, including those from Clay, Laurel, Jackson, Whitley, Knox and Pulaski counties.
About Saint Joseph London Foundation
Saint Joseph London Foundation supports KentuckyOne 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 KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth, includes 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.