LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2021) — The Tempur Sealy Foundation pledged a gift of $2 million to support a pediatric sleep center at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
“There is an unequivocal connection between sleeping and a child’s emotional, physical and mental development,” said Dr. Scottie B. Day, physician-in-chief at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. “Children who are affected by a sleep disorder are more susceptible to long-term health problems.”
Children with sleep disorders do poorly in school, are more likely to be obese, more likely to have behavioral issues and also are at a higher risk for depression and self-harm.
In Kentucky, only three sleep centers accept children as patients. The sleep center at UK HealthCare is better suited for adults and cannot accept children younger than 18 months or those with complex health problems. With the demand from both adult and pediatric patients, wait times for appointments can be as long as eight weeks.
In order to address these challenges, the new Tempur Sealy Pediatric Sleep Center will operate six nights a week and be staffed by pediatric sleep experts. It will address the increase in demand for pediatric sleep services and reduce wait time for appointments to about 14 days.
Tempur Sealy Chairman and CEO Scott Thompson commented, “As a global leader in sleep-related products and the world’s largest mattress manufacturer, we know very well how important a good night of sleep is to overall health and wellness. Our organization is passionate about supporting our communities, particularly children in need. We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the University of Kentucky by contributing to the establishment of this new state-of-the-art pediatric sleep center.”
Located in UK HealthCare’s Chandler Hospital adjacent to the pediatric sedation and procedure unit, the center’s features will include:
- Four patient care rooms that also serve as exam space for patient appointments by day and sleep labs by night.
- Sleep monitoring equipment calibrated specifically for pediatric patients in each room.
- Rooms designed to be comfortable and child-friendly with a private bathroom and space for a parent to stay overnight.
“This gift from the Tempur Sealy Foundation will go a long way in helping us treat our most vulnerable patients at a critical point in their lives,” said Day. “A well-rested child is a happy, healthy child, and this gift helps us further our mission of delivering high-quality, comprehensive care to children across the Commonwealth.”
About the Tempur Sealy Foundation
The mission of the Tempur Sealy Foundation is to better the lives of children and families in need. Since its launch in 2017, the Foundation has donated nearly $700,000 to charities that support this mission.
About Kentucky Children’s Hospital
Kentucky Children's Hospital, part of UK HealthCare, is committed to providing the best care possible, for children as well as families. With the region's only Level I pediatric trauma center and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, more than 30 advanced subspecialty programs such as pediatric oncology and pediatric surgery and nationally ranked by the U.S. News and World Report in both pediatric heart care and orthopedics, KCH is equipped to provide the highest level of care to young patients, close to home.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.