Walmart helping kids heal from trauma

Haley Jordan received critical care in the Norton Children's Hospital Pediatric Trauma Center

Haley Jordan looks like a normal 15-year-old girl today. One year ago, it was a different story.

The day before Thanksgiving 2014, she and her father, brother and best friend were on their way home when a car first hit the truck in front of them head on before going airborne and hitting them. She was brought to the Norton Children’s Hospital Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in critical condition with torn intestines, bleeding on her brain and a broken back. Emergency surgery fixed her intestines and brain injury, while a third procedure was performed several days later to fix her back.

“I was in critical care for about two weeks but then had to have three more surgeries,” Haley said. “I then had to start moving around to heal from my back surgery. That was hard because I had a lot of tubes and it hurt.”

She was at Norton Children’s Hospital for 65 days.

The hospital is home to the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the western half of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Nearly 90,000 children seek care from the emergency medicine specialists of Norton Children’s Hospital each year. Of those, more than 1,000 need the services of the downtown Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. These children have experienced complex injuries such as accidental and nonaccidental blunt force trauma; penetrating injuries, like gunshot wounds, crush injuries and musculoskeletal and spine injuries; and closed head and traumatic brain injuries. This also includes a growing number of children who have experienced child abuse.

In a show of support, Walmart has announced it will donate $1 million toward the Pediatric Trauma Center. The donation is Walmart’s second toward the Pediatric Trauma Center, having previously provided $1 million in 2011.

“Walmart has been a great community partner in supporting Norton Children’s Hospital since 2007,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, executive director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We’re thankful that the entire organization has seen the importance of providing this advanced care for children and for taking a leadership role in making it possible.”

Pediatric trauma centers offer a wide range of services and include specialties found throughout a children’s hospital. These include emergency medicine, surgery, intensive care, anesthesia, radiology and pastoral care.

“Taking care of a critically injured child requires many different resources, from specialists to equipment and even facilities,” Meyer said. “The community’s support allows us to ensure we have what is necessary to take care of children of all sizes with all kinds of injuries, whenever we’re needed.”

“At Walmart, we believe in leveraging our strength to help others” said David Combs, Louisville Walmart market manager. “The team at Norton Children’s Hospital does incredible work with children here in the commonwealth, and we are proud to continue contributing to their cause.”

Support for the Pediatric Trauma Center also has been given through the Children’s Hospital Foundation by the Petrino Family Foundation, which was established by U of L Head Football Coach Bobby Petrino and his family, as well as the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Today, Haley is back to running cross-country and track.

“I can do what I want to do, and that’s because of Norton Children’s Hospital,” Haley said.

“We owe so much to this hospital,” said Haley’s father, Kevin Jordan. “They became like family to us.”

In addition to the now $2 million for the Pediatric Trauma Center, Walmart has previously supported the hospital’s imaging services. As a donor through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, individual stores throughout the region also provide support to Norton Children’s Hospital.

Find out more about giving to Norton Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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