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Breckinridge Health, Norton Healthcare Announce Affiliation Agreement

HARDINSBURG, KY. (Feb. 10, 2012): Officials of Breckinridge Health in Hardinsburg, Ky., and Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.’s leading health care system, today announced that the two health care organizations have entered into a formal affiliation agreement.

The new agreement features these key elements for Breckinridge Memorial Hospital and the subsidiary companies that comprise Breckinridge Health, including:

  • Full access by Breckinridge Health medical providers and staff to the extensive training, education and management development services provided by Norton University. These include more than 500 free, accredited online courses in 19 distinct disciplines, including administration, clinical laboratory science, dietetics, emergency medical services, medical records, nurse aide/nursing assistant, nursing, occupational therapy, patient education, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician, physician (ethics), radiologic technology, required safety, respiratory therapy, social work, support staff, and wellness/personal enrichment. Breckinridge Health management and staff will also have access to Norton University management and leadership development classes, offered both in Louisville and Hardinsburg. Breckinridge Health management will also have the opportunity to attend Norton Healthcare’s management development conferences in Louisville.
  • Development of new and existing clinical programs and services through extension of expertise and resources associated with Norton Healthcare’s Clinical Service Lines and Centers of Excellence to help make that care more available in the communities served by Breckinridge Health.
  • Better coordination of continuity of care for patients who do require specialized or tertiary care and need to seek that care outside of the communities served by Breckinridge Health. This will include resources such as enhanced use of the Norton Healthcare Access Center, which serves as a single point of resource for patients, families and physicians, to connect with physicians and services available through Norton Healthcare.
  • Better position Breckinridge Health to be able to manage the inevitable but unknown changes that are rapidly coming to the health care industry under health care reform. This includes the need for rural health care organizations to align themselves with tertiary partners through affiliation agreements of this type.

“As an affiliate of Norton Healthcare, Breckinridge Health will enjoy the best of both worlds – access to the resources of the leading health system in Louisville, while retaining local ownership and leadership in daily operations,” said Mike Cooper, CEO of Breckinridge Health. “As the beginning stages of this relationship, Norton Healthcare will help us build clinical and management excellence through access to the broad array of education and training courses available through Norton University. The agreement also provides the opportunity to work with Norton Healthcare to further develop our clinical programs and services. We are ecstatic to have achieved this new affiliation agreement.”

“We are pleased to provide residents served by Breckinridge Health with enhanced access to continuing education programs, tertiary care and other medical services to support the health system’s existing programs and services,” said Michael Esposito, system vice president, Business Development, and executive director, Service Line Operations for Norton Healthcare. “Providing these services to residents in Breckinridge, Meade, Ohio, Grayson, Hancock and Hardin counties in Kentucky, is part of Norton Healthcare’s not-for-profit mission to improve the health status of the communities we serve. We are delighted to have Breckinridge Health as a new partner in improving community health.”

About Breckinridge Health
Breckinridge Memorial Hospital, part of Breckinridge Health, is a 25-bed medical and surgical hospital located in Hardinsburg, Ky. In addition to Breckinridge County, the hospital also serves parts of Meade, Ohio, Grayson, Hancock and Hardin counties. In addition to the hospital, Breckinridge Health includes Breckinridge Memorial Home Health, Breckinridge Memorial Nursing Facility, and multiple primary care clinics. More information about Breckinridge Health is available at

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