LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2012) — The first patient walked through the doors of the Norton Cancer Institute – Downtown facility on Aug. 1, 2011. The building on the corner of Floyd Street and Broadway has since been home to many success stories, from cancer survivors to several national accreditations and more.
LEED certification is based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the projects and the broader community. These features include sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, awareness and education, innovation in design and regional priority. LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings. Norton Cancer Institute received gold-level certification.
“LEED certification proves that we not only care about the patients we treat at Norton Cancer Institute, but we care about the environment as well,” said Robert N. Shaw, president of Norton Cancer Institute. “LEED is one of the many acknowledgments this facility has received in the past year, and we look forward to continued success in the future. We are committed to being the No. 1 cancer care resource for people in Greater Louisville and beyond.”
One of Norton Cancer Institute’s most successful resources is its Patient Navigator Program. Oncology-certified nurse navigators serve as advocates for every cancer patient, guiding them through the everyday processes and barriers that come along with fighting the disease. From helping file financial aid paperwork to overcoming language barriers, the navigators are there to ensure that each patient understands what he or she is going through and is able to lean on the navigation services for help.
Along with the navigation system, quality treatment and cancer care technology allowed Norton Cancer Institute to be nationally recognized by several organizations including the National Cancer Institute, the American College of Radiology and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This spring, Norton Cancer Institute hosted the first ever breast tissue donation event in Kentucky. More than 150 local women donated their healthy breast tissue to cancer research, which will provide scientists with a control group to test against unhealthy breast tissue found in cancer patients.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Norton Cancer Institute as a top performer in cancer care for Louisville.