10th Annual Saint Joseph London Foundation Gala for Hope Raises Nearly $50,000


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(Left to Right): Terry Deis, President, Saint Joseph London; Damian Cole, DO, Physician of the Year; Leslie Smart, President, Saint Joseph London Foundation

(Left to Right): Terry Deis, President, Saint Joseph London; Neil Patil, APRN, Advanced Practice Clinician of the Year; Leslie Smart, President, Saint Joseph London Foundation
The Saint Joseph London Foundation’s 10th Annual Gala for Hope raised nearly $50,000 on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2019, to help support the Saint Joseph London Foundation, which invests in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of health caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care. The sold-out event was held at the London Community Center and included live music, dinner, cocktails and a silent auction.

Damian Cole, DO, London, Ky., was awarded Physician of the Year at the event. Dr. Cole has cared for patients in London and surrounding counties for more than two years.

Neil Patil, APRN, Corbin, Ky., was named Advanced Practice Clinician of the Year. This was the first time this award has been handed out. Patil has worked with patients in the London area for more than eight years.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the development of a new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Joseph London, which will also include four critical care bays and two additional private NICU rooms. The Birthing Center at Saint Joseph London opened in 2010 to better meet women’s health needs in the medically underserved southeastern region of Kentucky. Saint Joseph London is the only hospital in the area that has a Birthing Center that offers labor and delivery. The new NICU will provide intensive care services to infants and will allow the parents of fragile infants to stay by their side as they receive specialized treatment in their local hospital.

“Many babies in need of specialized care often have to be transferred to Lexington, which creates a financial burden for many families who want to be close to their critically ill children,” said Leslie Smart, president, Saint Joseph London Foundation. “By providing this NICU, we will be able to help keep families together during this difficult time and, most importantly, provide care for our smallest patients and save lives.”

The cost of the expansion and renovation project is $1.4 million.

In the past 10 years, the Saint Joseph London Foundation Gala of Hope has raised nearly $300,000 to help with area projects, including the Birthing Center, community outreach, and continuing education to nursing and allied health.

Sponsors of the Saint Joseph London Foundation Gala of Hope include London Medical Properties, LLC (Blue Carpet Sponsor), Legacy Nissan (Entertainment Sponsor), NexCore Group (Healing Sponsor), along with 24 Hope Sponsors.