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Norton Healthcare now provides Spring View Hospital tertiary care, continuing education classes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2011) – Norton Healthcare and Spring View Hospital in Lebanon, Ky., have entered into an affiliation agreement to bring expanded health services to residents of Marion County, Ky., effective Aug. 1, 2011. As part of the new agreement, Norton Healthcare provides Spring View Hospital access to subspecialists through the Norton Healthcare Access Center, as well as continuing education programs and classes to Spring View Hospital physicians and staff.

“We are pleased to provide patients at Spring View Hospital improved access to tertiary care on both an ambulatory and emergent basis through subspecialists associated with the Norton Healthcare Access Center,” said Michael Esposito, system vice president, Business Development, and executive director, Service Line Operations, Norton Healthcare. “Unfortunately, in Kentucky, the incidence of cancer, heart disease and diabetes is among the highest in the nation. Residents of Marion County are not immune to this. We initially will focus on helping Spring View Hospital build and strengthen a variety of clinical programs and services with a special emphasis on cardiology service offerings. We also will help with the creation of a pulmonary rehab program. Providing assistance in this way is part of Norton Healthcare’s not-for-profit mission to improve the health status of the communities we serve.”

Through the affiliation agreement, Norton Healthcare also provides Spring View Hospital physicians and staff with continuing education programs and classes.
“Continuing education is necessary for our physicians and staff to stay abreast of new topics and trends in health care and to provide our patients with ongoing quality care,” said Ruth McDaniel, CEO, Spring View Hospital. “Unfortunately, many specialized classes for medical providers are not easily accessible.”

Through its new affiliation agreement with Norton Healthcare, Spring View Hospital now has access to more than 1,000 specialized medical education and personal development classes that will assist physicians and staff in obtaining their continuing education needs and help them ensure quality care for patients, according to McDaniel.

Norton Healthcare and Humana are one of only four national pilot sites, and the only one in Kentucky, to study the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model through the prestigious Brookings – Dartmouth ACO Pilot Project. The ACO model Norton Healthcare and Humana are co-creating establishes incentives for health systems to increase quality and efficiency, better coordinate patient care, eliminate waste and reduce the overuse and misuse of care. The ACO model will be an important part of health care reform.

“I commend Norton Healthcare for its work as an accountable care organization,” McDaniel said. “I also am thrilled that our physicians and staff have the opportunity to learn more about providing quality care to our patients through Norton Healthcare’s experience as an ACO. This can only benefit the residents of Marion County.”

About Norton Healthcare
For more than 125 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is the Louisville, Ky. area’s leading hospital and health care system and third largest private employer, providing care at more than 125 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with more than 1,800 licensed beds; five outpatient centers; 12 Norton Immediate Care Centers; 11,450 employees; 480 employed medical providers; and more than 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Norton Healthcare is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award, along with the 2011 Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award. The organization has consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in Metro Louisville, the state of Kentucky and nationally. Norton Healthcare and Humana are one of only four national pilot sites, and the only one in Kentucky, to study the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model through the prestigious Brookings – Dartmouth ACO Pilot Project. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at  

About Spring View Hospital

Established in 1944, Spring View Hospital is a 75-bed acute care facility in Lebanon, Ky. With more than 270 employees and the latest technology and clinical procedures, Spring View Hospital serves its surrounding region with a state-of-the-art facility that offers a full range of services and specialties. A Level III Trauma Center serves Marion County and the surrounding regions, and a 10-bed emergency room is staffed by trauma-certified nurses and physicians around the clock.

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