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Norton Healthcare, Kosair Children’s Hospital Announce Design Elements, Construction Plans for New Pediatric Outpatient Center



P.O. Box 35070
Louisville, KY 40232-5070

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (March 9, 2009): Norton Healthcare and Kosair Children's Hospital officials today announced design elements, construction plans and other details for the not-for-profit organization's new pediatric outpatient center. The new facility will be built on a 10.5-acre tract of land just southeast of Norton Healthcare's Norton Brownsboro Hospital campus in northeastern Jefferson County. It will be the only pediatric outpatient center of its type in Metro Louisville or in Kentucky, and has received significant support from Kosair Charities through a $9 million commitment to extend the mission of Kosair Children's Hospital to this part of the Louisville community.

Preliminary site work for the new pediatric center began in late January. Officials will conduct a formal groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at the construction site. The two-story, 71,300-square-foot, $50.3 million center is scheduled to open around June 2010 with approximately 70 staff, including an on-site administrator. The facility's formal name will be unveiled at the groundbreaking event.

Messer Construction Company's Louisville office, and TMG - The Mardrian Group, a minority-owned general construction company based in Louisville, will provide construction management services for the pediatric center. As part of Messer/TMG's assignment, the companies will ensure that at least 25 percent of the construction, furnishing and equipment opportunities will be handled by minority- and women-owned businesses. Messer/TMG is also handling construction management responsibilities for Norton Brownsboro Hospital , scheduled to open in August 2009. The pediatric center's overall architectural design services are being handled by Laughlin Millea Hillman Architecture LLC of Louisville. Interior design services are being led by Karlsberger of Columbus, Ohio.

The pediatric center will serve patients and families in Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby and adjacent counties in Kentucky - which have the area's fastest-growing pediatric population. The new center will feature:

  • A 12,600-square-foot, 24/7, 365 pediatric emergency department, with 15 treatment rooms, three sedation rooms and a dedicated radiology suite.
  • A 15,000-square-foot pediatric diagnostic imaging center, featuring MRI, CT, X-ray, fluoroscopy and ultrasound services, along with a full-service laboratory.
  • A 30,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center for a wide range of outpatient procedures, including ENT (ear, nose and throat), orthopaedics, eye, urinary and general surgeries, among many others.
  • The same high standard of patient care that the community has come to know and trust at Kosair Children's Hospital, located on Norton Healthcare's downtown campus. In fact, many of the same pediatric physicians and pediatric physician groups at Kosair Children's Hospital will practice at and provide direction for patient care at both facilities.
  • The on-site services of child life therapists, specially trained professionals who help children and their families understand and manage challenging life events and stressful health care experiences.  
  • A building design and layout that is friendly for children, teens, young adults and their families. These elements include vibrant colors in sweeping patterns throughout the building; a dedicated entrance for children, via a four-foot-high door, at the main entrance; oversized treatment areas to allow parents to stay with their children; an indoor playroom for patients and their siblings, and other "children-only" areas; wireless Internet connectivity throughout the building; surface-level, nearby parking for easy facility access; many special features to make the facility and treatments less "scary" for children, such as equipment hidden behind doors and visual distractions for children during tests; and areas throughout the building featuring computers and technology for Internet access, patient information, movies and video games.  
  • The principles necessary for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the national standard for demonstrating that a building project is truly "green." The LEED green building rating system is designed to promote design and construction practices that reduce the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improve occupant health and well-being. Among many green design principles at the pediatric center, the facility features an open, airy design with lots of natural light throughout the building to promote comfort and healing; a high-efficiency geothermal heating and ventilation system; an innovative "rain garden" system to reduce the amount of stormwater that leaves the site; and many others.

According to Stephen A. Williams, president & CEO of Norton Healthcare, the new pediatric center will free up capacity at Kosair Children's Hospital, which had nearly 100,000 patient visits in 2008 for emergency and outpatient services.

"This new facility will improve timely access to high-quality pediatric services for residents of our community, and will allow Kosair Children's Hospital to expand its services to meet the needs of more children and families in our region," Williams said. "Our new facility will feature the same high standard of pediatric care that has made Kosair Children's Hospital one of the top children's hospitals in the entire country.

"We are excited to bring quality pediatric outpatient services, including around-the-clock emergency, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery services, to a part of our community where the pediatric population is growing rapidly. This is part of Norton Healthcare's strategic plan to improve community access to pediatric services, thereby meeting a vitally important community health care need," Williams concluded.

Like Kosair Children's Hospital, the new pediatric center will truly be a place "Just for Kids," according to Thomas D. Kmetz, president, Kosair Children's Hospital & pediatric services.

"Everything about this new facility has been designed with the comfort and convenience of children, adolescents, teens, young adults and families in mind," Kmetz said. "Our community will be able to take great comfort in the thought that all aspects of patient care will be handled by physicians and staff specially trained in pediatric care using equipment specially designed for pediatric patients."

Kmetz said the planning and design process for the new center involved input from numerous constituent groups at Kosair Children's Hospital, including several physician groups at Kosair Children's Hospital; representatives of the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics; members of the Family Advisory and Youth Advisory councils; and others.

Kosair Charities Support for the Pediatric Center

Kosair Charities has committed $9 million to support medical care for children at the new pediatric center. "We are very pleased to be an important part of this project to bring the unsurpassed expertise and caring of Kosair Children's Hospital to a growing part of our community," said Jerry Ward, chairman of the Kosair Charities Board of Directors. "Kosair Children's Hospital has helped hundreds of thousands of children and their families - a strong indication of the superb pediatric care that can be found only at the downtown hospital and now at the new pediatric center. It's truly a wonderful addition for children and families in the Louisville area."

Through current and previous agreements, Kosair Charities will provide at least $140 million to support Kosair Children's over the 1981 through 2026 period. "Kosair Charities has been an invaluable and tremendous partner in the success and growth of Kosair Children's Hospital," Williams said. "We are so very appreciative that Kosair Charities has chosen to further partner with us to extend the mission and expertise of Kosair Children's Hospital to our new pediatric center in northeastern Jefferson County. Their commitment to the children and families of the Louisville area is unsurpassed and truly remarkable."

Children's Hospital Foundation Support for the Pediatric Center

The $50.3 million pediatric center, the development of a future downtown ambulatory building and other pediatric projects are part of a broader $208 million growth initiative being supported by the "Just for Kids" Campaign, announced by Kosair Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospital Foundation in September 2008. To date, community support for the campaign totals $70.2 million in addition to a $100.7 million investment from Norton Healthcare.  

The Children's Hospital Foundation will raise $5 million to support the new pediatric center. Thus far, $1.4 million has been raised with gifts from Bill and Coleen Ehrig of Prospect, Ky., dedicated to the memory of Mr. Ehrig's father, for the "Pop-Pop's Children's Playroom" off the emergency department; the IPA (Independent Pilots Association) Foundation for a treatment room in the emergency department; and Mortenson Family Dental to establish the Mortenson Family Dental Courtyard.

"There are numerous naming opportunities and other ways to support the new pediatric center in such areas as the emergency department; trauma, observation, triage, sedation and surgery rooms; the diagnostic imaging center; and an outdoor playground," said Lynnie Meyer, executive director of the Children's Hospital Foundation. To learn more, people should contact the Children's Hospital Foundation at (502) 629-8060 or visit  

The "Just for Kids" Campaign supports the growth and development of pediatric services across the region in the areas of pediatric workforce; new/renovated facilities and state-of-the-art technology; and pediatric research.

About Norton Healthcare's Facilities at Old Brownsboro Crossing

In January 2004, Norton Healthcare was announced as the first anchor tenant in the new 114-acre Old Brownsboro Crossing development, located near the Brownsboro Road/Chamberlain Lane intersection, just east of the intersection of I-71 and I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway). The outpatient Norton Medical Plaza opened in July 2006, and the immediately adjacent 127-bed Norton Brownsboro Hospital is scheduled to open in August 2009. The new pediatric center is located less than one-quarter mile southeast of the new hospital, adjacent to the Old Brownsboro Crossing development.

About Kosair Children's Hospital         

Licensed for 263 beds and recognized as one of the top children's hospitals in America , Kosair Children's Hospital received the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2007. Kosair Children's Hospital, a part of Norton Healthcare, is located in the Louisville Medical Center and is connected by pedway to Norton Hospital . Kosair Children's Hospital is the region's only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital and the only hospital in Kentucky offering a pediatric trauma center. A complete range of services is provided for children, including pediatric intensive care and one of the nation's largest intensive care nurseries for newborns. The hospital also houses the region's first and only Congenital Heart Center for children and adults living with heart defects.

Kosair Children's Hospital serves as the pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is supported by the Children's Hospital Foundation. As part of its commitment to teaching and research, the hospital offers special programs for cancer; heart, lung, kidney and infectious diseases; respiratory ailments; neurology and neurosurgery; general pediatric surgery; orthopaedics; diabetes; psychiatry and plastic surgery; and infant/pediatric heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants. Because of the hospital's special mission, all care is provided by professionals specially skilled in the care of children. The hospital operates the area's only self-contained pediatric burn unit.

About Norton Healthcare

For more than a century Norton Healthcare's faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those served. Today, Norton Healthcare is the Louisville area's leading hospital and health care system and second largest private employer. The not-for-profit system - the largest in Kentucky and rated one of the top 100 integrated health care delivery systems in the country - includes four large hospitals in Louisville, 11 Norton Immediate Care Centers, 9,500 employees, more than 300 employed medical providers at some 50 locations, and nearly 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Norton Healthcare serves the Greater Louisville metro area, including Southern Indiana and patients throughout Kentucky.


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