New Children’s Emergency Department Unveiled in St. Matthews

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) – Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital has unveiled a new pediatric emergency department, marking completion of the first of a three-phase project to renovate emergency services at the St. Matthews facility. The project is funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Second and third phases are expected to be completed in spring 2016 and will further expand the pediatric emergency department space and renovate existing space for adults.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 8,000 children have used pediatric emergency services at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Other pediatric emergency services in the city are located downtown at Norton Children’s Hospital and further northeast at Norton Children’s Medical Center.

The new space consists of 15 rooms, four of which can be used to treat an entire family needing emergency care, and a dedicated radiology suite that allows X-rays and other imaging to be conducted faster. A separate pediatric waiting room includes interactive games projected on a wall.

“We have seen continuous increases in the number of children coming to us for emergency care,” said Charlotte Ipsan, RNC, MSN, NNP-BC, chief administrative officer of Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital. “This project allows us to better focus on the unique needs of children. When the entire renovation is complete, we’ll have improved space in which we can better treat patients of any age.”

This first $7.5 million phase of construction was funded through donations to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, with $500,000 from Speedway for the children’s play area.

“We have several donors who have stepped forward to make this project possible based on the needs of the community,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “We’re so pleased we can play a part in ensuring children have access to the level of ‘Just for Kids’ care that our community has come to know and expect from Norton Children’s Hospital.”

The emergency department project is part of the hospital’s ongoing changes to continue to meet the inpatient and outpatient needs of the entire community — men, women and children.

The hospital is well known for general and high-risk obstetric and gynecologic care, but also provides pediatric inpatient care, emergency services and outpatient surgical care under the umbrella of the word-class care available at Norton Children’s Hospital.

About Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital

Norton Women’s & 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.


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