KentuckyOne Health Foundations are Celebrating Three Major Grant Awards

Clinical Pastoral Education Curriculum Development Grant

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation received a $5,000 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) curriculum development grant from the “Transforming Chaplaincy: Promoting Research Literacy for Improved Patient Outcomes” project.

This project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, aims to guide chaplains in the use of research to evaluate and advocate for the daily spiritual care they provide to patients, family members and colleagues. This award will allow the implementation of a research literacy component to University of Louisville Hospital’s existing Chaplaincy training program.

ULH’s Clinical Pastoral Education Center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. and is one of only 32 centers nationwide to receive the award.

This initiative was led by Frank Woggon, Director of Chaplaincy Services at University of Louisville Hospital and Rabbi Nadia Siritsky, Vice President of Mission at University of Louisville Hospital and Jewish Hospital.

Grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation has received a $2,500 independent medical education grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition to provide a two day infant massage certification class to five staff members of The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East.

The training will be conducted by Laura Barnhart, OTR/L, CIMI-2, CIIT, Occupational Therapist for KentuckyOne Health. Ms. Barnhart is a certified Infant Massage Therapist and is a certified trainer through the World Institute of Nurturing Communication d/b/a International Association of Infant Massage.

Each participating staff member will receive his or her certification in Infant Massage after completing 14 hours of classroom work, successfully completing an exam, and upon proof of demonstrating the massage techniques to five families within six months.

Infant massage provides many benefits including improvements in sleep patterns, growth and development, weight gain, bonding between the mother and the infant, and reductions in infant mortality rates and colic.

This initiative was led by Emily Ray, PT, Laura Barnhart, OTR/L, CIMI-2, CIIT, Becky Wheatley, RN, and Janell Oliver, Director of Proposal Development for KentuckyOne Health.

Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation $11,355 in grant funding toward the purchase of a seasonal high tunnel to benefit KentuckyOne Health’s Iroquois Urban Farm.

In partnership with Louisville’s Metro Housing Authority, the Food Literacy Project, and local farmer/agricultural consultant Ivor Chodkowski, 8.7 acres at the former Iroquois public housing site is being converted into an urban farm, creating a living laboratory to test the economic viability of a direct “farm-to-hospital-table” concept that will ultimately benefit patients and families served at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

In addition, the farm will become a new outdoor classroom immediately proximal to Hazelwood Elementary and other south central schools, making the Food Literacy Project’s experiential educational programming more accessible to area students and their families.

The seasonal high tunnel, approximated at 2,178 square feet, will include roof runoff structures and a holding tank in support of these efforts. This is the first grant KentuckyOne Health has received from the USDA.