Baptist Health Foundation leaders Hardin recently announced that they have received a grant of $187,771 from Kosair Charities to support case management and interventions in children.
“Kosair Charities is a longtime partner and friend of Baptist Health Hardin (Hardin),” said Dennis Johnson, president and CEO of Baptist Health Hardin in a press release. “This funding will enable Hardin to work on child abuse prevention and add intervention services for the growing number of patients, from birth to 18, who attend our emergency department, clinics, birthplace or in our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”
Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities, said ending child abuse and neglect in Kentucky is a primary focus of the organization.
“One child who has experienced abuse is one too many. But the sad truth is that according to the latest federal data, Kentucky has the highest child abuse rate in the nation for the third year in a row. Emergency departments such as Baptist Health Hardin’s, one of Kentucky’s busiest, are regularly on the front lines of this tragic situation,” he said in the press release.
According to a May 2012 Child Welfare Outcome report to Congress, Kentucky had the highest number of child victims in the country in 2018. Children from Kentucky experience neglect as well as physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and the numbers have continued to grow since 2014.
The grant will enable Hardin’s emergency department team to purchase equipment to achieve Pediatric Readiness Certification (PRC) and to further improve safety and effectiveness in treating pediatric patients, the release said. Hardin’s emergency department team cares for more than 1,000 babies and children each month, from homes in an area of 10 counties. According to the publication, a percentage of these pediatric patient cases are the result of abuse or neglect, so the hospital needs equipment and resources to treat the youngest patients.
Baptist Health Foundation Hardin will help Hardin purchase multiple devices and fund key training, including: glidescopes for more accurate intubation and injury prevention; syringe pumps to deliver medication more safely; and training for the emergency department team to better receive, assess, stabilize, and safely transfer or care for sick pediatric patients.
“Child abuse and neglect is a difficult topic to discuss, but it is far too common for so many children,” Joe Prather, Foundation board president, said in the press release. “The long-term and continued support of Kosair Charities is a real blessing to patients and staff.”