LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2019) – Kosair Charities announced a donation of $150,000 to the Floyd Memorial Foundation to support a unit at Baptist Health Floyd to help infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
In recent years, the southern Indiana community has been impacted by an increased number of drug users, drug overdoses and drug-related health issues affecting individuals of all ages. One of the many devastating outcomes from this alarming epidemic is the substance abuse disorder by pregnant mothers. Due to the mother’s abuse of drugs throughout her pregnancy, newborns are delivered dependent on those drugs. Following birth, the baby suffers withdrawal from the drugs, including opioids and/or chemical substances that they were exposed to before birth. It is a painful and debilitating process that lasts 10 to 17 days or longer and is managed with morphine to help ease their pain.
“There has been a recent influx of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome across the U.S., and in Southern Indiana,” said president of Kosair Charities, Keith Inman. “Kosair Charities is about ensuring kids grow up happy, healthy, and safe, and we hope this support helps allow that opportunity.”
Baptist Health Floyd experienced a jump in this patient population from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, data indicated that approximately 10% of babies born at the hospital exhibited signs of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
The grant will help establish a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome unit at Baptist Health Floyd to be complete with equipment, trained staff and dedicated area. This will allow staff members to quickly and effectively manage treatment of babies born with the condition, while keeping baby with mother to support mother/baby bonding. One of the many resources the grant will support is an infant base station that provides a warm, safe environment and continuously monitors vital signs while allowing the baby to stay with the parent(s).
The grant will help pay for equipment and technology vital to appropriately care for babies born with this condition. Additional grant monies will support the construction of a dedicated space and training staff.
“The Kosair Charities grant is an important and much appreciated financial contribution allowing Baptist Health Floyd to advance our neonate and newborn care here locally,” expressed Dr. Dan Eichenberger, President of Baptist Health Floyd. “This grant will be instrumental in assisting us in providing excellent care to these babies born dependent on drugs. It will allow Baptist Health Floyd to keep the babies here locally, prevent the separation of mom and baby, and enable the bonding which is so beneficial to a newborn’s development.”
About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming obstacles. Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit kosair.org.
About Baptist Health Floyd: Founded in 1953, Baptist Health Floyd, formerly known as Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, is a 225-bed, acute care regional healthcare provider with one of southern Indiana’s most advanced comprehensive cardiac surgery programs. Part of Louisville, Ky.-based Baptist Health, the hospital offers 34 points of care in a full continuum from inpatient care to rehab services to home care. Services include cardiac surgery, thoracic and vascular services, cancer care, diabetic treatment, weight management services, orthopedics, spine care, wound care, pain management, sleep care and a full range of women’s services including obstetrics. The cancer center’s breast program is the only program in Southern Indiana to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Our nursing staff has been recognized with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence designation. For more information, visit BaptistHealthFloyd.com.
About Floyd Memorial Foundation: Floyd Memorial Foundation was founded in 1978 by community-minded citizens who wanted to ensure the longevity of Floyd Memorial Hospital, now Baptist Health Floyd. Since it’s origination, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support medical resources and advanced technology essential for effective patient care. The Foundation ensures vital resources are in place at Baptist Health Floyd and area health-related initiatives for the better health and well-being of residents living in Southern Indiana.