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New center marks construction milestone

Cressman Critical Care Center focuses on entire family

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2013) - Staff at Norton Suburban Hospital and donors to the Norton Healthcare Foundation celebrated the opening of the new Cressman Critical Care Center today. The center marks a milestone for construction on Norton Healthcare’s St. Matthews campus. Additional construction projects will move the hospital forward in its transition to Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital as it continues to meet the inpatient and outpatient needs of the whole community — men, women and children.

The converted hospital, scheduled for completion in spring 2014, will focus on a central theme of building a healthier community through a family-centered approach to care. The state-of-the-art Cressman Critical Care Center is an example of this theme in practice, combining the latest in technology with personalized care for the entire family.

In addition to new equipment, the center offers large rooms where families can be a part of the care provided. Once unheard of in a critical care setting, family members may spend the night on a special couch that converts to a bed. Patient rooms also feature large windows, private restrooms and WiFi connectivity. The décor uses greens, blues and earth tones and includes photos of local parks taken by Louisville photographer and attorney Donald Vish.
“The Cressman Critical Care Center is an excellent example of how we’re creating an atmosphere that focuses on the entire family,” said Charlotte Ipsan, RNC, MSN, NNP-BC, president, Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital.

The center was made possible by a generous $3 million gift from retired Louisville physician Elizabeth Pahk Cressman, M.D., Ph.D., through the Norton Healthcare Foundation.
“Dr. Cressman’s generosity has made something very special happen here,” said Lynnie Meyer, MSN, R.N., CFRE, system vice president, Women’s and Children’s Community Partnerships, and chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “Her leadership with this project will transform the lives of many families as we work to heal patients.”

Dr. Cressman, a retired anesthesiologist who practiced primarily at what is now Norton Suburban Hospital, has lived in Louisville for the past 38 years. She made the gift in memory of her husband, Frederick K. Cressman, M.D., who died in January 2010 at age 77 after a seven-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Frederick Cressman was the director of pathology at what is now Norton Audubon Hospital from 1975 until his retirement in 1999.

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About Norton Suburban Hospital
Norton Suburban Hospital currently serves as a full-service, 373-bed community hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical care, full diagnostic services and 24-hour emergency care. The hospital specializes in comprehensive cancer prevention, detection and treatment; orthopaedics; neurosurgery; and surgical weight loss services. Norton Suburban holds The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as a certified advanced primary stroke center offering comprehensive stroke intervention. Through Norton Women’s Care, the hospital offers general and high-risk obstetric and gynecologic care, as well as a surgical unit with private rooms and specialized nursing care just for women. The hospital has been a primary provider of obstetrical services in Kentucky for a number of years, delivering more than 5,000 babies annually since 2003. The hospital also is home to the Kosair Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Norton Suburban Hospital, featuring a Level III nursery and on-site neonatal care 24/7.

In January 2012, Norton Suburban began the first phase of its conversion to Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital. The entire facility is being reconfigured to provide a transformational model of comprehensive health care for women, along with expanded pediatric services in conjunction with renowned Kosair Children’s Hospital. Once complete in 2014, the hospital will continue to treat all types of patients regardless of gender and age for all types of conditions. The medical buildings surrounding the hospital will house outpatient services available to the entire community.

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