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Hundreds of valentines for Norton Children’s patients

Patients at Norton Children’s Hospital are feeling the love this Valentine’s Day. Local radio station 102.3 Jack FM has spent the past few weeks collecting hundreds of digital valentines from the community as part of the Cupid’s Kids program. Station personalities printed the valentines to distribute with other packages to patients and their families.   […] Read More »


Tips on talking to your kids about tragedy from Norton Children’s experts

The Rev. Rick Forest, chaplain and bereavement care coordinator at Norton Children’s Hospital, and Bryan D. Carter, Ph.D., clinical pediatric psychologist at Norton Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville Physicians offer tips for helping explain tragedies to children: For younger children especially, find out what they already know. That way you know where they’re starting from. Answer […] Read More »

heart disease

Heart disease is increasing among children

Lucinda Wright, M.D., pediatric cardiologist with Norton Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville Physicians, answers some common questions about preventing heart disease in kids. Is preventable heart disease among children increasing? Why? Preventable heart disease (the type of heart disease that can be avoided with lifestyle changes) is increasing among children. This increase is largely […] Read More »

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Sound of girl’s heartbeat put into stuffed animals for her family

When most people see Emily and Ethan Byler holding their stuffed animals, they don’t think anything of it. But if you stop and listen, there’s something special about Emily’s bear, Jessie, and Ethan’s dog, Gracie. Inside those furry frames is their baby sister Eva’s delicate heartbeat. Emily, 5, and Ethan, 4, dreamed of the day […] Read More »

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Time running out to see ‘Hope & Healing’ at the Frazier

Don’t miss your last chance to visit “Hope & Healing: Celebrating 125 Years of Norton Children’s Hospital,” a 4,200-square-foot exhibit at the Frazier History Museum! The exhibit closes Feb. 4, 2018.  Did you know that the children’s hospital was the second hospital in the nation to perform a pediatric heart transplant? That it was the first […] Read More »

pod challenge

Teens putting selves, others at risk eating detergent in ‘pod challenge’

A new social media trend is causing alarm: Teens are scarfing down laundry detergent pods and posting videos and memes. The “pod challenge” usually involves a teen preparing to eat a pod, then sticking it in their mouth and reacting to it. The laundry detergent packets are shaken, stirred, even cooked. The challenge is designed to […] Read More »

sledding safety tips

10 sledding safety tips

It’s the first snowfall of the season, and the Norton Children’s Hospital emergency department has already treated several sledding injuries. “Kids and adults can get seriously hurt — or even killed — if they’re not careful,” said Erika Janes with Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness. If your family is hitting the hills, Janes offers the […] Read More »


‘He thought his goals had been taken from him’

A child’s cancer diagnosis impacts the whole family. Below, Jacob Fields’ mom, Amanda, reflects on the weight of the disease, from her son doubting his future to the reality of remission. I knew something was wrong. I could feel it in my gut, but what I had no idea. The doctor looked at us and […] Read More »

outpatient surgery

Finding surgical care that’s right for your child

Choosing where to have your child’s surgery can be a daunting task. What kind of care is going to make your child and family feel safest, physically and emotionally? Technology advancements have made it possible for some procedures to be done at outpatient surgery centers. Costs can be lower at these types of locations. However, […] Read More »

New Year 2018 Resolutions

Making family wellness resolutions for 2018

Just 8 percent of New Year’s resolutions are met, and 80 percent are abandoned by the end of January. How can you make resolutions stick? Make resolutions together as a family: Discuss goals and strategies, and develop fun ways to meet them with support from one another. Norton Children’s Hospital Prevention & Wellness coordinator Nikki […] Read More »

Michael Yocum Jr. cancer

Mom reflects on son’s cancer journey

Michael Yocum Jr. was diagnosed with childhood cancer at age 5. His mom, Spring, recounts the challenges, speed bumps and her son’s faith throughout his journey. He was very thrilled to be at the hospital because he thought it was a hotel. He was only 5 at the time so he had the beautiful innocence […] Read More »

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Finish the year with a gift to Norton Children’s

The end of the year is approaching, but there’s still time to make a gift to the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Here are a few ways you can support the hospital — and you may get a tax benefit. Year-end giving To speak with someone about your options, contact the Children’s Hospital Foundation call (502) 629-8060 […] Read More »