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Cressman Critical Care Center

Cressman Critical Care Center focuses on entire family

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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