Major construction at an east-end hospital is now complete, and the facility has a new name: Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital. This is the official name of what was formerly Norton Suburban Hospital on the Norton Healthcare – St. Matthews campus. Over the past 24 months, the 373-bed hospital has been at the center of a $117.8 million construction project. Of the total cost, $17 million was given through the generosity of donors to the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Norton Healthcare Foundation.
The hospital’s new design elements facilitate family-centered care dedicated to the special needs of women and children throughout their lifespan. Physical changes include an open, spacious floor plan; rooms in a new tower that are filled with natural light and enhanced green spaces to promote a sense of healing and address the total needs of families’ mind, body and spirit.
“The most exciting part of creating this new facility plan has been working with the community to build innovative models of care that will set the standard for healing and service,” said Charlotte Ipsan, RNC, MSN, NNP-BC, chief administrative officer of Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital. “This St. Matthews campus allows us to concentrate on the unique needs of women and children, but also continue to care for men.”
The hospital is well known for general and high-risk obstetric and gynecologic care and has recently added pediatric inpatient care, emergency services and outpatient surgical care, improving access to the word-class care available at Norton Children’s Hospital. The St. Matthews medical campus as a whole will continue to meet the inpatient and outpatient needs of the entire community ? men, women and children. Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital will improve access to a broader range of much-needed women’s services and expertise in pediatric care.
While the new five-story glass facade at 4001 Dutchmans Lane in eastern Jefferson County is most noticeable, the entire facility has seen great changes as well, including the addition of:
- Pediatric emergency services
- Outpatient pediatric operating rooms
- The WHAS Crusade for Children Pediatric Inpatient Unit
- Pediatric diagnostic imaging and testing
- Two new adult operating rooms
- Inpatient migraine treatment rooms
- A comprehensive Breast Health Center with the latest 3-D digital tomosynthesis equipment
- A redesigned public concourse that will improve patient and visitor flow as well as access to food, retail, pastoral care and outpatient services
- Integrative health services for cancer patients, including aromatherapy, healing touch, music and massage
- A bone health program for preteens to adults
- A pelvic health program
The hospital also is designated as an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive GynecologyTM.
Three other areas of the hospital received new homes thanks to the project: the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Cressman Critical Care Center and Norton Cancer Institute inpatient unit.
The redesigned 40-bed NICU features all private spaces designed with input from parents and staff. It incorporates the latest thinking in neonatal care that requires a more family-centered approach, which has been shown to improve the short-term and long-term outcomes for premature and medically fragile infants in addition to providing a more comfortable setting for parents. Direct/indirect lighting provides the correct level of light exposure, and colorful paint and countertops complement the warm, family-focused environment. Pediatric specialists offer both Level III and Level II NICU care.
The new 14-bed adult Cressman Critical Care Center brings family-centered care to the intensive care arena. This healing environment responds to the unique needs of patients and their families. The center was made possible by a generous $3 million gift from retired Louisville physician Elizabeth Pahk Cressman, M.D., Ph.D., through the Norton Healthcare Foundation. Dr. Cressman, a retired anesthesiologist who practiced primarily at the former Norton Suburban Hospital, has lived in Louisville for the past 38 years. She made the gift in memory of her husband, Frederick K. Cressman, M.D., who died in January 2010 at age 77 after a seven-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Frederick Cressman was the director of pathology at what is now Norton Audubon Hospital from 1975 until his retirement in 1999.
The inpatient cancer unit treats patients with high-dose chemotherapy, as is the case for many leukemias, blood cancers, breast cancer and gynecological cancers. A central outdoor garden features a labyrinth for meditation. Other amenities include an exercise room, walking path, laundry room, several nourishment centers and the GetWell Network, which offers education on treatments and diseases.
“Before we began planning we solicited input from caregivers and members of the community,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, system vice president, women’s and children’s community partnerships, and chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “The result is a facility with easier navigation, better aesthetics and services we heard that people want.”
The project team included Wehr Constructors Inc. of Louisville, construction manager; HKS Inc. of Dallas, executive architect; Laughlin Millea Hillman (LMH) Architecture of Louisville, associate architect; CMTA Consulting Engineers of Louisville, mechanical/electrical/plumbing design; Slesser Engineering Inc. of Louisville, structure; and LD&D Inc. of Louisville, site engineering.
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About Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital currently serves as a full-service, 373-bed community hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical care, full diagnostic services and 24-hour emergency care. The hospital specializes in comprehensive cancer prevention, detection and treatment; orthopaedics; neurosurgery; pelvic health services; breast health diagnostics; and surgical weight loss services. The hospital holds The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as a certified advanced primary stroke center offering comprehensive stroke intervention. Through Norton Women’s Care, the hospital offers general and high-risk obstetric and gynecologic care, as well as a surgical unit with private rooms and specialized nursing care just for women. Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital is a designated AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive GynecologyTM. The hospital has been a primary provider of obstetrical services in Kentucky for a number of years, delivering more than 5,000 babies annually since 2003. The hospital also is home to the Norton Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, featuring a Level III nursery and 24/7 on-site neonatal care.