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Norton Healthcare welcomes Sheila Ward, APRN

Women-focused psychiatric nurse practitioner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2012) – A specialized service is now available at Norton Suburban Hospital, future home of Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews. Sheila Ward, APRN, has joined Norton Healthcare to provide much-needed women’s mental health services. Norton Women’s Counseling Services will include psychiatric evaluation and treatment of women with depression or anxiety disorders and those who are experiencing hormonal challenges such as premenstrual syndrome, infertility, postpartum depression and menopause.

Ward comes to Norton Healthcare with more than 31 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and 10 years’ experience in women’s mental health. Her expertise in this area will further the mission of the hospital by providing women with a full range of health care support.

“We are overjoyed to add Sheila Ward to our team,” said Charlotte Ipsan, RNC, MSN, NNP-BC, president, Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews. “As a leader in women’s health, we offer more than traditional gynecological care. Bringing her on board allows us to provide specialized psychiatric care, healing our patients both mentally and physically.”

Ward will provide outpatient services for patients of all practices as well as inpatient consultations. The addition of this mental health program expands the comprehensive plan for the renovated hospital, expected to be completed in spring 2014. The hospital will also include 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.

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About Norton Women’s Care
Norton Women’s Care is the Louisville area’s trusted source for women’s health care, offering a complete range of comprehensive services with an emphasis on compassionate care. Norton Women’s Care focuses on the health and wellness of women at all stages of life — adolescence, pregnancy, motherhood, midlife and beyond. More women choose Norton Women’s Care at Norton Hospital and Norton Suburban Hospital to deliver their babies than any other birthing facility in the region. Specialty services include full gynecologic care; obstetrics, including high-risk pregnancy care; newborn care with access to Level III neonatal intensive care units; cancer prevention and treatment, including a comprehensive breast health program; a dedicated women’s heart center; and care for common midlife conditions. Norton Women’s Care also offers a variety of educational wellness programs through the Marshall Women’s Health & Education Center at Norton Suburban Hospital. More information is available at

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