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Caverna Memorial Hospital

Caverna Memorial Hospital

Caverna Memorial Hospital

1501 South Dixie Street
Horse Cave, KY 42749
(270) 786-2191

On March 30, 2012, officials from Caverna Memorial Hospital in Horse Cave, Kentucky and Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky announced that the two health care organizations would enter into a formal affiliation agreement.

 The affiliation features these key elements:

  • Full access by Caverna Memorial Hospital 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. Caverna Memorial Hospital management and staff will also have access to Norton University management and leadership development classes, offered in Louisville and Horse Cave. Caverna Memorial Hospital 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 Caverna Memorial Hospital. This will involve the establishment of several new subspecialty clinics and clinical services throughout Caverna Memorial Hospital such as clinical affiliations.

  • 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 Caverna Memorial Hospital. This will include resources such as enhanced use of the Norton Healthcare Access Center, which serves as a single point of access for patients, families and physicians, to connect with physicians and services available through Norton Healthcare. One phone number is all you need.

  • Potential development of telemedicine initiatives to connect Caverna Memorial Hospital physicians and patients with Norton Healthcare physician specialists.

  • The affiliation between rural healthcare, such Caverna Memorial Hospital and tertiary partners, such as Norton Healthcare, will better position Caverna Memorial Hospital to manage the inevitable but unknown changes that are rapidly coming to the health care industry under health care reform.

About Caverna Memorial Hospital
Caverna Memorial Hospital, located in Horse Cave in south-central Kentucky, is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving more than 30,000 patients each year through inpatient, swing bed, emergency and outpatient services as well as its rural health clinics in Horse Cave and Munfordville. Caverna Memorial Hospital employs 140 people and is in the late planning stages of constructing a new on-campus medical office building and installing a comprehensive electronic health records system. More information about Caverna Memorial Hospital is available at

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