Norton Healthcare

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Norton Healthcare, Inc.
Norton Healthcare Web Logo.jpg
Location Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Care system Private
Hospital type General
Standards JCAHO accreditation
Beds 1969
Founded 1886
Lists Hospitals in U.S.
Other links List of hospitals in the United States

Norton Healthcare is one of Kentucky's healthcare systems with more than 40 locations in and around Louisville, Kentucky. The hospital and health care system is the Louisville area's third largest private employer, providing care at more than 140 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with 1,837 licensed beds; seven outpatient centers; 12 Norton Immediate Care Centers; over 13,000 employees; some 654 employed medical providers; and approximately 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff.


What is now known as Norton Healthcare originally started with the actions of the Home Mission Society of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Mary Louise Sutton Norton led this group, through her fundraising ideas and leadership, to create The John N. Norton Memorial Infirmary in 1886, which was named in honor of her late husband. The hospital system has had multiple influences from religious groups over the years, including the Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, and the Roman Catholic and Presbyterian communities, all of which were dedicated to promoting the idea of health and medical care for the sick and less fortunate.

Also of note is Kosair Children's Hospital, opened in 1892 as Children's Free Hospital, dedicated to assisting children with any form of illness or injury. As Kentucky and Southern Indiana's only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital, Kosair Children's Hospital, along with its predecessor hospitals, have cared for children for more than a century without regard to their families' ability to pay. The hospital also is an advocate for the health and well-being of all children. The 267-bed hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In 2007 and 2012, Kosair Children's Hospital received the prestigious Magnet designation recognizing excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Major facilities[edit]

The system's most notable locations are five acute care hospitals located within Metro Louisville:

  • Norton Children's Hospital (271 licensed beds) - Kentucky's only free-standing full-service children's hospital
  • Norton Audubon Hospital (432 licensed beds)
  • Norton Hospital & Norton Healthcare Pavilion (634 licensed beds)
  • Norton Women's & Kosair Children's Hospital (373 licensed beds)
  • Norton Brownsboro Hospital (127 licensed beds)

Additionally, Norton Healthcare provides services through 12 immediate care centers in the Louisville area.

Major service lines[edit]

  • Norton Cancer Institute - Treatments for brain tumors, bladder cancer, bone cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, bone marrow cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer and uterine cancer.[1]
  • Norton Heart Care - Provides diagnostic, medical, interventional and surgical care to patients from Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital are accredited Chest Pain Centers certified through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.[2] These facilities serve as regional PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) receiving centers and provide 24/7 heart attack care for patients throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute - Established in early 2009, provides patients and their families with advanced treatment for complex neurological disorders through several areas of expertise, including pediatrics; stroke care; brain tumor treatment; spine care; movement disorders, such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease; headache and concussion treatment; trauma; injuries; and more.
  • Norton Orthopedic Care - Provides advanced orthopedic care for all bones and joints for people of all ages in general orthopedics, joint replacement, injuries, trauma, pediatrics, oncology, spinal conditions and sports health. Norton Orthopedic Care received The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval [3] for knee and hip replacement.
  • Norton Spine Care
  • Norton Sports Health - Provides advanced care for athletes and active individuals of all ages, treating sports-related injuries of the shoulder, elbow and knee.
  • Norton Weight Management Services - Weight management services are offered to help eliminate barriers to care for patients seeking lifelong weight loss success. The staff includes two surgeons, two internal medicine physicians specially trained in bariatrics, nurses, dietitians and mental health professionals, the program is well equipped to support patients and their families on their weight loss journey.
  • Norton Women's Care - A complete range of comprehensive services including full gynecologic care; obstetrics, including high-risk pregnancy care; newborn care with access to Level III and IV neonatal intensive care units; cancer prevention and treatment, including a comprehensive breast health program; a dedicated women's heart and vascular center; and care for common midlife conditions.

Employment and market share[edit]

According to Business First of Louisville, Norton Healthcare is the Louisville area's third largest employer, with more than 12,000 employees. Norton Healthcare employs some 3,000 nurses and has nearly 2,000 affiliated physicians. Additionally, Norton Healthcare has programs in place to support nursing students attending both public and private universities in Kentucky and Indiana. The Norton Healthcare Scholar Program is designed for nursing students to cover the cost of tuition, books, and room and board. In return, the student must work for Norton Healthcare for one month per $500 received after graduating. .[4]

When compared with other healthcare providers in Louisville, Kentucky, Norton Healthcare is the market share leader in five major areas. This includes 46% of all inpatient admissions, 61% of all births, 53% of all Emergency Department visits, 41% of all outpatient visits, and 50% of total surgeries.

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