Jessica and Tim Keane founded the Joseph Keane Fund, which provides emotional and financial support and services to families and hospital staff members who experience the unexpected and life-changing loss of a baby.
On February 27, 2012, after a full-term pregnancy, Joseph Keane was delivered stillborn at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The couple was devastated. Thankfully, Jessica and Tim had a strong support network of family and friends and faith that saw them through their grief. Jessica knew that there were other grieving mothers and families that did not have the same level of emotional and financial support. Jessica approached Yale New Haven Health's Bridgeport Hospital, where her other two children were born, to explore the hospital's needs in supporting other families as they endure similar heart-breaking losses. The couple worked with a team at the hospital to design a program to fit their needs. Since its inception, the Fund has supported more than 200 grieving families.
In addition to carrying on their son's name, the Fund has been a wonderful addition to Bridgeport Hospital, as none of the below services existed prior to the creation of the Joseph Keane Fund.
Patient Resources provided by the Fund include:
Jessica and Tim provided invaluable parental perspective to the nursing staff. Inspired
by surgeon Atul Gawande M.D.’s best-selling book Checklist Manifesto, Tim and Jessica initiated the idea of creating
a checklist to be used by the staff during the immediate moments of grief. After partnering with Kelley Reddington’s nursing
staff, Elisabeth Schneider of the Tiny Miracles Foundation, and Leslie Shannehan
of the Hope After Loss support group, the checklist was created using input
from all involved. Today, the five-page
checklist is used to assist nurses and parents navigate the upsetting situation
from both an emotional and clinical standpoint.
Additional resources and ideas were shared at the Joseph Keane Lectures for Perinatal
Bereavement which have been held at Yale New Haven Health’s Bridgeport
Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital. The Joseph Keane Lecture was attended by over 200 doctors, nurses,
residents, social workers, and chaplains from many hospitals across the state,
as well as professors from Yale School of Medicine. Click here for more detail.
Your generosity continues to inspire what we do each and every day. Thank You!
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The Joseph Keane Fund is a restricted asset of Yale New Haven Health's Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.