Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. Mom.
If you are wondering what the face of philanthropy looks like today, you can find it in a young mother in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Kelly Emerine has a long history of entrepreneurship. From real estate to retail to specialty glass, she has led or been a part of several successful business ventures.
Her latest venture began in the summer of 2012 when her twin daughters were both sick. To keep track of what kind, when, and how much medicine each child needed, Kelly resorted to creating a poster. That is when the idea for her medication management app was born – Mom’s MedMinder, an easy to use online tool to help moms stay organized and provide safe, accurate care.
When Kelly shared the idea with local KY Innovation Network Director Lisa Boone, she was referred to the Lincoln Trail Venture Group. The group not only provided Kelly with the seed capital she needed but also introduced her to professional mentors and advisors who helped turn her idea into a reality.
Four years later, Hardin Memorial Health (HMH), the healthcare system serving a 10-county region in Central Kentucky bought the app and all associated technology from Kelly and plans make it available to all their patients.
“I couldn’t be more proud that it will be a part of the healthcare system in my community, in the hospital where I was born,” said Emerine.
For many, the story would end there but not for Kelly. It was also important to her to share some of her success in a community that has given her so much. That is why with the sale of the app, Kelly gave $80,000 to the HMH Foundation to help bring 3D mammography for the healthcare system.
Reflecting on the success of Mom’s MedMinder, Kelly credits her parents and grandparents for being positive role models for her and never discouraging her. She also points to the countless others in the community who helped make her dream a reality.
“Hard work, passion and a dream will get you far, but it also takes others who mentor, advise, assist and believe in your idea to succeed.” -Kelly Emerine
We know Kelly will continue to dream big and make an impact.