Celebrating 125 years of caring for children! 

In Jan. 23, 1892, Children’s Free Hospital opened its doors to serve children in the Louisville community. Not only was it the 10th children’s hospital in the country, it was a place where children could have safe surgery and a clean place to recover.

125 years later, Norton Children’s Hospital carries on that legacy of providing lifesaving care for kids and supporting families throughout the region regardless of their ability to pay. From performing the country’s second successful infant heart transplant to launching the first programs for neonatal massage to pioneering treatment for scoliosis, Norton Children’s serves more than 170,000 children a year.

How you can help us celebrate

It takes many stories — including yours — to build such a legacy. From patients and their families to doctors, nurses, donors and employees, everyone has played a significant part in making Norton Children’s what it is today.

In honor of year 125, we’d like to hear about your journey. What’s your favorite Norton Children’s memory? What does the hospital mean to you and your family? What’s your Norton Children’s wish for the next 125 years?

We want to capture and share these memories throughout the year — to tell the real story about the passion, love and miracles that have made Norton Children’s the place it is today.

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