Hospital Outreach

Hospital Outreach

The Makenna Foundation supports Kentucky Children’s Hospital in several different ways. In addition to major purchases and expansion for the hospital, we provide simple people-to-people support too.

Members of the Makenna Foundation board of directors and our Friends of the Foundation visit children at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

We have facilitated Halloween parties and Christmas parties for the kids. From time to time we just stop in to say hello. Spending time and sharing smiles with these children and their families are as important as everything else we’ve done, in keeping with the Makenna Foundation’s mission to provide hope, joy and courage to the children and families who are served by the caring professionals of Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

2018: In April the Kentucky Children’s Hospital unveiled its new Makenna Foundation Welcome Center.  This central location with its own information desk and patient/visitor registration area is where all KCH patients and families will check in, allowing them to enter the same child-friendly location every time they come to KCH.  The welcome center also features a child-focused gift shop, digital interactive wall, Simpson Family Theater to host events and programs, large-scale “Exuberance” art installation comprised of marble-filled kites suspended from the ceiling, and pediatric health education center.

2010: On July 14 the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center opened.

2006: Junior League of Lexington renovated the toddler room, in honor of the Makenna Foundation.

2004: Funds from the Makenna Foundation helped with renovations in the children’s sedation suite.

2003: The Makenna Foundation was able to donate a pediatric bronchoscope for the hospital.

2003: On August 1, Makenna’s Wall was unveiled at the children’s hospital at UK (renamed in 2005 to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital). This vibrant piece of artwork is a huge mural of cheerful tiles, painted by local schoolchildren.

All photos courtesy of Amber Rickerson, Kentucky Studio.