The Lexi Poindexter Memorial Project
Greene County General Hospital Foundation partnered with the family of Lexi Poindexter of Bloomfield, formerly Linton, to provide free blood pressure monitors and education to all GCGH pregnant and postpartum patients. The program was created in memory of Lexi who passed away from a brain hemorrhage on March 28, 2019, 13 days after giving birth to her second child. According to Lexi’s family, the exact reason for the brain hemorrhage is unclear, but it is known that her blood pressure spiked very high the evening her brain hemorrhage occurred. In her memory, the family raised over $5,000 through a Facebook fundraising campaign with the hope to provide blood pressure monitors to new mothers. Due to the community’s overwhelming support of the family’s mission, they were able to donate the funds to the GCGH Foundation to create and administer the program.
GCGH Foundation Director, Stacy Burris, worked directly with Lexi’s mother, Michelle Brown, and the Greene County Perinatal Navigator, Nicole Page, RN, IBCLC to create a sustainable program. This program provides blood pressure monitors to pregnant and postpartum patients as well as educate the mothers about hypertensive disorders of pregnancies and how to properly monitor their blood pressure during and after pregnancy. Every patient of the Greene County Perinatal Navigator program and every patient delivering at GCGH receives a bag with blood pressure monitoring education and a blood pressure monitor, because of Lexi’s family and the support from her community.
The family not only raised the funds to create the memorial project, they approved all the communication materials. The program is helping many Greene County residents and is proving successful. The family is happy with the results so far, “our family believes strongly in this program. We have seen it work, even with our oldest daughter, Victoria. Because of Lexi’s passing, she knew the importance of having a blood pressure monitor. Her BP went up dangerously high 4 days after giving birth and went to the emergency room in her town. If it weren’t for the cuff she wouldn’t have known her BP was high. Her life was saved! Every life that is saved is healing for us.”
The GCGH Foundation has also created an account to accept donations for the project at Owen County State Bank. Donations are accepted at any OCSB branch and the donor only needs to indicate the funds be deposited into the Lexi Poindexter Memorial Project account. Donations can also be mailed to the GCGH Foundation at 409 A Street NE Linton, Indiana 47441 or accepted through PayPal by clicking here.