Missy Scanlon and her family pose for a photograph.

Neonatal ICU receives generous donation, new name

When the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) moves into its revitalized space at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, it will have a new name to go with the upgraded space and services.

The gift of perserverance

The Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor NICU, set to open in the spring of 2018, honors the $2 million legacy gift from KCH Development Council chair Missy Scanlon. The gift was endowed in memory of Missy’s late mother, Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor, whose determination and perseverance over life’s obstacles mirrored the devotion of the NICU medical staff.

“They serve the families, whether it’s a good outcome or not a good outcome,” Missy said of the NICU staff. “They see the tiniest of babies with these situations and they don’t give up, and that’s how my mom was. She was a good soul, and she tried her best. Whatever you have to do, whatever you have to make happen, you have to keep going until you get it done.”

Missy’s generous gift will equip the NICU staff with the resources and increased capacity they need to care for families as the only Level IV NICU for Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Renovations for patients and workers alike

The expansion includes spacious patient rooms and areas for family consultation and privacy. Designed with a theme representing Kentucky native wildlife and landscapes, these rooms will offer more convenience for long-term patient families through features such as sleeper sofas, wardrobes and kitchen areas. A simulation room for training exercises and “huddle” rooms for staff mentoring and team building are among other advancements.

“KCH is near and dear to my heart; it’s my happy place,” Missy said. “There are so many things that are happening there, and there are so many things that need to happen there.”

Missy’s legacy gift will help make the children’s hospital a happier place for the children and families who depend on it. If you’re interested in donating to KCH, visit www.givetokch.org.


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