By LYNNIE MEYER
Your Voice Contributor
On Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, Norton Healthcare will break ground on what will be the new Norton Women’s Hospital and Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews. Norton Suburban Hospital has an enduring history of caring for our community. The creation of this new facility reaffirms Norton Healthcare’s commitment to continually improve access to medical care for women and children – a vision I personally share.
As a leader in health care in our region, Norton Healthcare has a responsibility to respond to this area of need, bringing together new concepts in facility design, workforce recruitment, service offerings and programming that go well beyond obstetrics and gynecology. The new hospital will offer a holistic approach to all aspects of care for women at every stage in life and will ensure the nationally recognized expertise of Kosair Children’s Hospital is available to all children.
Among the hospital’s unique features will be its designation as a part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and as the convening authority for the Eating Disorders Coalition of Kentuckiana. It will house an inpatient eating disorders unit, a pelvic disorders center and a migraine center, among other services of special interest to women. Special touches that add to the patient experience are spa services and free valet parking. Design elements call for an open, spacious environment that is visually engaging and full of natural light. A redesigned public concourse will improve patient and visitor flow as well as access to food, retail, pastoral care and outpatient services. Local artists have been commissioned along with a photographer, who will capture the serene beauty of local parks and bring the images into patient rooms.
Norton Women’s Hospital and Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews will write a new chapter in our community’s history book. It will be the first facility of its kind in our region and will stand as another jewel in our city’s crown – a testimony to the evolution of health care.
Our vision for the new hospital started a long journey that brings us to the day of our groundbreaking. We’ve identified national best practices, visited top women’s hospitals across the country and engaged more than 4,000 members of our community in forums, focus groups and one-on-one discussions. This spirit of collaboration has brought forth a plan that transforms care models, establishes programs not otherwise found in Louisville and creates a state-of-the-art, family-centered healing environment. This gives us the greatest assurance that we are doing the right things in the right ways.
Over the coming year, many physical changes and enhancements will be occurring on the hospital’s campus. But the most important feature will be the people who come through its doors every day with one purpose: to provide a remarkable new model of care to families. Our physicians, nurses, administrative staff and support teams are rejuvenated with the energy that comes with creating something amazing. They see the potential of this new hospital and how we can improve our neighbors’ lives.
We have many organizations and individuals to thank for taking the lead in advocating for a better community. Working for equity in care and access to services is a fight close to my heart. And welcoming this newest member to our health system is a victory for the families of this community. As a woman, a mother and a daughter, I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of the Norton Healthcare team that is bringing this dream to life.
Lynnie Meyer, RN, MSN, CFRE is System VP & Chief Development Officer for Norton Healthcare. She is responsible for the philanthropy agenda in the Norton Healthcare and Children’s Hospital Foundation, and in 2011 was named as a co-transition leader in the development of the new Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital St. Matthews. Prior to joining Norton, Meyer served as president and CEO of The Center for Women and Families. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Leadership Kentucky, and is currently pursuing an EdD at Spalding University.