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CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations Receive Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program Grants

The foundations for three CHI Saint Joseph hospitals – Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, Bardstown, KY; Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, Berea, KY; and Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, Mount Sterling, KY – were granted a total of $26,778 from the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP). Each foundation received $8,926, and the funds will be used to help improve efficiencies, patient satisfaction, and care quality.

“The American Hospital Association estimates that 51 million Americans depend on their rural hospital as an important source of care, and this includes many Kentuckians,” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, president of CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations. “These grants will help us continue providing patients with high quality care, close to home.”

Flaget Memorial Hospital will use the funds to purchase a mobile point-of-care workstation that providers will use to complete order entry at a patient’s bedside. This will improve engagement and directly impact patient satisfaction.

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling and Saint Joseph Berea will use the funds to continue offering Advanced Stroke Life Support training to staff in their emergency departments and intensive care units, and to obtain tele-stroke carts. The new equipment will improve access to care from the Stroke Center at Saint Joseph Hospital for patients in the Mount Sterling and Berea communities.

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