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Phase II results of Co-Immunity Project show high rates of exposure to COVID-19 in Jefferson County

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Results from the second phase of the University of Louisville’s groundbreaking project to track COVID-19 in Jefferson County show that 4 to 6 times more people than previously reported may have been exposed to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. From June 10-19, researchers conducting Phase II of the Co-Immunity Project tested members of the Louisville...

Passport Health Plan, which lost Medicaid contract, selling key assets to new manager Molina Health

By Lisa Gillespie Kentucky Health News Molina Health, in line to be one of Kentucky’s newest Medicaid managers, will be the successor to Kentucky’s oldest one, Passport Health Plan. Louisville-based Passport recently lost out on bidding to stay in the state’s Medicaid business, but its name, brand and networks of doctors won’t disappear after all. Last year Passport lost out in Medicaid contract...

Hosparus Health names veteran fundraiser Tawanda Lewis Owsley vice president of development

Tawanda Lewis Owsley has joined Hosparus Health as vice president of development and will lead all fundraising efforts at the not-for-profit hospice. In her new role, Owsley’s duties will include strategy, donor cultivation for capital and major gifts, planned and annual giving, special events and other initiatives designed to increase access to care for seriously ill patients and their families...

Norton Healthcare, UofL School of Medicine, UofL Physicians sign letter of intent for new affiliation

The University of Louisville School of Medicine, UofL Physicians – Pediatrics and Norton Healthcare today announced they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to create a new pediatric affiliation. The LOI allows the organizations to explore a more meaningful partnership as the organizations work toward a definitive agreement later this summer if approved by the UofL Board of Trustees. The...

Norton Healthcare named one of top places to work by health care publication Becker’s Healthcare

Becker’s Healthcare, a leading national health care publication, has named Norton Healthcare to its list of 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2019. Norton Healthcare is the only health care provider in Kentucky to be named to the list. To be selected for this list, an organization must have a culture that promotes diversity, engagement and professional growth in addition to offering “above...

USA Cares to host free career and education expo for veterans, transitioning service members on June 26

USA Cares, a national nonprofit organization supporting military families in crisis, is hosting a career and education expo focused on hiring transitioning military, National Guard and Reservists, as well as veterans and their spouses on June 26. In coordination with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) and the Army Reserve P3...

Norton Children’s Hospital unveils 31,000 square-foot medical/surgical unit as part of $78 million renovation

Norton Children’s Hospital has opened a new $12 million unit that will serve hundreds of sick and injured kids every year. Patients and staff opened the hospital’s 24-bed medical/surgical unit, which will provide care for patients with respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological diseases, and children recovering from a variety of surgical procedures. The 31,000-square-foot space, which encompasses...

Norton Heart and Vascular Institute purchases lifesaving equipment for patients with heart failure

Norton Healthcare is the first hospital system in the region to invest in the Remote Dielectric Sensing system. This equipment will add to the care available for patients in the community with heart failure — a common heart condition that can be deadly. The device uses medical radar technology in a wearable vest system, allowing direct and actionable lung fluid measurement. Care providers can immediately...

Hundreds of cyclists expected to take part in ninth annual Bike to Beat Cancer event on Sept. 9

In just a few weeks, hundreds of cyclists will once again take to the road to put their mettle to the pedal as they collectively ride up to more than 39,000 miles to support the fight against cancer. The 2017 Bike to Beat Cancer takes place Saturday, Sept. 9, starting and ending at Norton Children’s Medical Center. This one-day cycling event offers three route options – 35, 65 or 100 miles...

Norton Healthcare Louisville begins innovative apprenticeship program for training nurses

Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes joined officials from Norton Healthcare in Louisville Thursday to announce a new apprenticeship for nurses that is one of the first of its kind in the country. This Student Nurse Apprenticeship Program is a paid apprenticeship that provides educational and clinical experiences over 12 to 18 months to prepare students for a registered nurse role...

Norton Healthcare investing $38 million to construct new comprehensive Brownsboro cancer institute

Norton Healthcare will invest an additional $38 million in cancer care, building a new comprehensive center in northeastern Jefferson County that will focus on the unique needs of the region’s cancer patients and their families. Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro will be a freestanding, three-story structure located at 4955 Norton Healthcare Blvd., across from Norton Brownsboro Hospital. “We...

Norton Healthcare to invest $78 million to expand at Norton Children’s Hospital, create cardiac ICU

Norton Children’s Hospital is expanding to improve critical care services for children and grow its family-centered approach to treating the region’s sickest kids. Norton Healthcare announced plans to invest $78.3 million to create the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and renovate the “Just for Kids” Critical Care Center and two of the neonatal intensive care...

Norton Healthcare announces name change for Louisville facility to place emphasis on children

Norton Healthcare announced Wednesday that the downtown children’s hospital that it has owned and operated for nearly 50 years will now be named “Norton Children’s Hospital.” The first children’s hospital opened in Louisville nearly 125 years ago under the name of Children’s Free Hospital. Over the years, the name of the hospital has changed, but its mission has remained the same. Children...

Frankfort Regional Medical Center joins UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Frankfort Regional Medical Center has become the newest member of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network, a community-based stroke initiative providing the highest quality clinical and educational programs to hospital staff and the community. As part of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network, Frankfort Regional Medical Center...

University of Louisville reaches agreement with Norton Healthcare to end litigation on pediatric care

Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville ave reached agreements which end more than five years of negotiations and more than two years of litigation. The University of Louisville Physicians group and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are also parties to the agreements. “This is great news for the Louisville community and the Commonwealth,” said Donald H. Robinson, chair of the Norton Healthcare...

Kosair Charities files suit against Norton, asks accounting for spending; Norton responds

Kosair Charities has filed a lawsuit against Norton Healthcare, Inc., demanding greater accountability for how Norton Healthcare utilizes the millions of dollars raised by the charity.   Kosair Charities has requested that Norton Healthcare provide an accounting of how the charity’s financial contributions are spent. During this same period, Kosair Charities has asked for assurances that the...

Europe’s ‘Golden Age’ on exhibit at UK Art Museum with help from Speed Art Museum

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky recently installed the summer exhibition “Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe” which runs through Sept. 22.   This timeless exhibition features 70 extraordinary 17th and 18th-century paintings by renowned artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, van Dyck, Tiepolo and Gainsborough, and highlighting art from...

Europe's 'Golden Age' on exhibit at UK Art Museum with help from Speed Art Museum

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky recently installed the summer exhibition “Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe” which runs through Sept. 22.   This timeless exhibition features 70 extraordinary 17th and 18th-century paintings by renowned artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, van Dyck, Tiepolo and Gainsborough, and highlighting art from...