LEXINGTON, KY. (March 28, 2022) — University of Kentucky Football coach Mark Stoops and the board of directors for the Coaches for the Kids Foundation presented a two-year, $1.15 million gift to Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH). To date, the foundation has gifted over $2 million to KCH to fund several initiatives that support KCH patients, providers and staff.
“I’m very proud to be a part of the Coaches for the Kids Foundation," said Stoops. "It has always been and always will be an important mission for me, my family and my staff to help raise money for Kentucky’s Children’s Hospital and the children of the Commonwealth. It’s a mission that is very close to my heart and I want to thank the generous people in the Big Blue Nation for all of their support.”
This gift will fund three projects:
- Zero Suicide Academy is a training program for providers and staff to effectively identify individuals with suicide risk through screenings for patients at every visit. Training will begin in the late Spring of 2022 for all KCH clinical and non-clinical staff.
- LOCUS home monitoring technology for medically complex infants. This system is a bridge to health for infants discharged home between surgeries and at high risk for mortality. For families that may not have access to medical facilities in their home county, LOCUS provides them with a safe, accurate and user-friendly technology to monitor their children at home between visits, drastically reducing fatalities among these patients.
- In combination with generous gifts from other donors, the CFTK Foundation will support the purchase and operation of a mobile clinic to serve pediatric patients in rural areas of Kentucky. The mobile will have the capacity to see up to 1,100 patients per year in pediatric cardiology, hemophilia/blood disorders, high BMI and adolescent mental health. The unit can also serve as a primary pediatric service with the ability to complete routine well visits and sports and school physicals.
The production of the mobile clinic is underway and is expected to hit the road later in 2022.
“With the support of Coach Stoops and the Coaches for the Kids Foundation, we have the potential to help thousands of children, from medically fragile infants to high school students,” said Scottie B. Day, M.D., physician-in-chief for KCH. “Too many of Kentucky’s youth have limited access to healthcare, but with expanded mental health screening, home monitoring and a mobile clinic, we can deliver our expert care to every corner of the Commonwealth."
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.