LOUISVILLE, Ky. — 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-s.f. space, which encompasses the entire sixth floor, features private patient rooms along with a teen entertainment room, toddler playroom and family nourishment spaces. Previously, the area had been a conference room and office space.
“We’ve designed this unit to include family-oriented amenities so that patients can focus on healing,” said Emmett C. Ramser, chief administrative officer, Norton Children’s Hospital.
The new unit is part of Norton Healthcare’s $78.3 million investment to renovate several areas of Norton Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Hospital Foundation has committed to raising $20 million. This new medical/surgical unit was made possible through support from the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the community, along with a gift from WHAS Crusade for Children.
“We’re incredibly grateful for the community’s continued support of Norton Children’s Hospital and our mission to provide the most comprehensive care for all kids,” said Lynnie Meyer, senior vice president and chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “This new medical/surgical unit will make a significant difference to our patients and their families.”
“Norton Children’s Hospital does an amazing job providing necessary medical interventions for children throughout the region, and this critical need in our community aligns perfectly with the mission of WHAS Crusade for Children to make life better for children with special needs,” said Dawn Lee, president and CEO, WHAS Crusade for Children. “A strong partnership has formed over many years, and we are proud to help Norton Children’s continue the important work they are doing for the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens.”
With the medical/surgical unit complete, work will begin next month to build the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Other areas to be renovated as part of the overall project include the “Just for Kids” Critical Care Center and two neonatal intensive care units. The entire project will be completed in 2021.