Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2012) – Norton Healthcare officials and community members will break ground on the future home of Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m., at Norton Suburban Hospital.
Announced in August 2011, this full-service facility will provide the community with comprehensive women’s health care and an extension of the nationally known expertise found at Kosair Children’s Hospital in downtown Louisville. While many new internal programs and changes have already taken place on the Norton Suburban campus, the groundbreaking ceremony will invite community health care leaders and government officials to recognize what Norton Healthcare hopes will become one of the region’s top women’s and children’s hospitals.
The shift in focus for Norton Suburban has been created to answer the increasing need for women to have health services specifically designed to fit their needs. While men will continue to receive care at the facility, processes and specific services will be added with women and children top of mind.
“We will provide women and children with a full range of health care support in one convenient location,” said Stephen A. Williams, president and CEO of Norton Healthcare. “That means significantly more than traditional obstetrics and gynecological care. We see it as our responsibility to provide specialized care for all aspects of women’s health, such as cardiac and orthopaedic care, breast health, oncology and prevention and wellness.”
Norton Healthcare has collaborated with community members and organizations focused on women’s health to create a comprehensive plan for the new hospital. Programs such as spa and valet services have already been put in place to ensure a comfortable patient experience, among many other changes. Programs such as an inpatient eating disorders unit and support group, a migraine clinic, pelvic disorders center, a wide range of birthing options, additional pediatric services and an expanded neonatal intensive care unit will take shape as the buildings are transformed.
The Sept. 13 groundbreaking will include a ceremonial planting of seeds by former Kosair Children’s Hospital patients, community advocates for women’s care and Norton Healthcare executives. Rather than the standard ceremonial shovel display, executives will plant forget-me-not flowers to remind the community that Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews will always be a resource the community can count on.
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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 nearly 140 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; 11,900 employees; nearly 600 employed medical providers; and in excess of 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Norton Healthcare was 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 five 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 NortonHealthcare.com.