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‘The Purple Book’ guide to vaccines now available as app

‘The Purple Book’ guide to vaccines now available as app

Gary Marshall, M.D.

A University of Louisville pediatrician’s comprehensive guide to vaccines, known as a standard in the profession, is now available electronically.

The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Cliniciansalso known as “The Purple Book” for the color of its cover in hard-copy form – has been developed into an app for iOS devices and is available in Apple’s App Store. The guide’s author is Gary S. Marshall, M.D., a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UofL who practices with UofL Physicians-Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

The Vaccine Handbook App contains an updated version of the fifth edition of the book, including the latest immunization schedules and recommendations, Marshall said. The app enhances the print version by including functionality features such as keyword search, internal links, bookmarking, quick access to schedules and tables, hyperlinks to external sources and the ability to make real-time updates.

Published by Professional Communications Inc., The Vaccine Handbook has long been known as an authoritative, user-friendly guide to immunizations. Designed for all health care providers, the guide contains practical advice and background on vaccine program infrastructure, standards and regulations, business aspects of vaccine practice, general recommendations, schedules, special circumstances and how to address the concerns of parents and patients. Specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases, the rationale for vaccine use, and available products also are included.

“We are so excited to make this resource available to any provider who wants it,” Marshall said. “Immunizations are one of our greatest public health triumphs. The more useful and credible information that providers have in hand – which, in the case of an app, it literally is – the more vaccine-preventable diseases will become a distant memory.”

Through a collaboration between the publisher and Sanofi Pasteur, there is no charge to download and use the app, although registration and reporting under the Open Payments act is required.

UofL and James Graham Brown Cancer Center Receive 33,000 Tissue Samples to further Oncology Research

UofL and James Graham Brown Cancer Center Receive 33,000 Tissue Samples to further Oncology Research

JGBCC UofL and KOH

The University of Louisville has expanded its oncology research strength through the addition of approximately 33,000 human tissue samples and specimens. The samples were transferred by Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) to further the shared commitment and collaboration in advancing research and action in the fight against cancer.

Researchers from the University of Louisville and James Graham Brown Cancer Center are partners with CHI through national oncological research between the two organizations, as well as locally as part of KentuckyOne Health. This close collaboration has delivered significant impact in the understanding of a variety of cancers and is supporting physicians and patients in Kentucky and across the country.

“These specimens provide our researchers with opportunities to build on existing research initiatives and open the door for new areas of study in fighting cancer,” said Dr. James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville. “We now will be able to extend our efforts to build upon our advances and we continue to work to reduce the human costs of cancer.”

Research teams in Louisville now have access to triple the number of medical specimens to guide cancer research. The more than 47,000 samples in the University of Louisville biorepository cover 111 unique primary tumor sites and include cancer types that are particularly prevalent in Kentucky, including breast, lung, colon and kidney cancers.

“Cancer is one of the most prevalent health issues facing the people of the Commonwealth,” said Ruth Brinkley, CEO of KentuckyOne Health. “The gifting of these specimens reinforces our shared commitment to bring wellness, health and hope to patients in Kentucky and across the country. The innovative treatments, diagnostic tests and other insights our local researchers are developing are critical to helping us reduce the rate and impact of cancer.”

The specimens will arrive at the University of Louisville on May 24, 2016, enabling immediate access for research teams.

 

About KentuckyOne Health

KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.

 

About University of Louisville/James Graham Brown Cancer Center

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a key component of the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. As part of the region's leading academic, research and teaching health center, the cancer center provides the latest medical advances to patients, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings. The JGBCC is a part of KentuckyOne Health and is affiliated with the Kentucky Cancer Program. It is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource: Report from the American Hospital Association

  • This report, “Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource,” provides an assessment of the value of CME, recommends ways to improve the value of CME and identifies case examples of hospitals that are using CME to improve performance and align the delivery system. CLICK HERE to read the full text.



Medical students learn patients' perspective running for kids with cancer and blood diseases

Medals4Mettle participants honor "buddies" fighting a tougher battle and aim to share program with other medical schools
Medical students learn patients' perspective running for kids with cancer and blood diseases

Taylor Hodge with her running buddy, Carra

Second-year University of Louisville medical student Taylor Hodge showed 9-year-old Carra the ribbon and medal she had just earned by running the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon. Hodge then placed the medal around Carra’s neck saying, “Your courage is my inspiration.”

Hodge earned the medal for completing a 13.1-mile test of courage and endurance. Carra, a patient with the UofL Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, is running a race of another kind. She was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare type of brain tumor, in 2009 and has been battling the disease ever since. Hodge presented the medal in recognition of Carra’s courage and determination in battling her disease.

“While we may be giving these patients our race medals, their mettle gives us so much more in return,” Hodge said. “I know my future medical practice will be better because of the courage and resilience I have witnessed in Carra and her family.”

Hodge and 86 other University of Louisville medical students ran the Derby Festival races on April 30 and presented their medals to pediatric patients battling cancer or a blood disease in a ceremony at the Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building on UofL’s health sciences campus. It was the eighth year UofL students participated in Medals4Mettle (M4M), an international organization in which endurance athletes donate their awards to critically ill individuals in honor of their courage in the face of life-threatening illnesses.

The UofL chapter of M4M is unique in that the students spend time with the patients before the race, and often run for the same patient year after year. The relationships with their buddies give the students a more intimate understanding of how cancer and life-threatening diseases affect the children and their families, adding a personal dimension to their training to become physicians.

“Medals4Mettle bridges the art and science of medicine. We teach the students about B- and T-cell leukemia, but through this program, they learn the diseases also have names like Mark, Mary and Juliette, that they laugh and they cry and live in families that are affected by the challenges faced in fighting these illnesses,” said Salvatore J. Bertolone Jr., M.D., retired professor and previous chief of pediatric oncology and hematology at UofL, who has supported UofL M4M since its inception.

“In a lot of our training, especially in the third year, we are learning what kind of questions to ask. What is the history I need from this patient right now to make the decision that I need to make and get on to the next one,” said Samantha Heidrich, a third-year student and M4M participant. “Through my experience with my buddy Damarys and her family, I have learned there are so many other questions I could and should be asking that will help me make those decisions. What is mom’s work schedule? Can they get care for her little brother when they are coming to the clinic? It’s made me think about the whole patient and the whole family and how we care for them as a unit.”

Heidrich, who has been a distance runner since she was a child, says training for the race also improves her personal wellbeing.

“I have built some really good relationships with my classmates through training. It was a way to build camaraderie, it was a way to release yourself from the study environment for a while, which is a wellness aspect that is sometimes overlooked in our medical education,” Heidrich said.

Fourth-year student McKenzie Vater, who has been involved in the program throughout her medical school training, wrote a scholarly article about UofL M4M that was published in the January issue of the Medical Student Research Journal. She surveyed previous participants about the program’s value in medical education and patient relationships. Her research showed that the students and the patients and their families benefitted from the interaction.

“Getting to know and understand the patient as a whole person allows for increased confidence in a physician,” Vater wrote in the article. “This relationship can provide the foundation for patients’ trust, allowing for improvement in patient satisfaction and health care outcomes overall.”

After graduating from UofL School of Medicine this month, Vater will begin her residency training in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, where she hopes to help establish an M4M chapter similar to the one at UofL.

2016 UofL Medals4Mettle participants. Photo by Steve Kinnett.

May 10, 2016

UofL pediatrician elected chair of national committee

UofL pediatrician elected chair of national committee

Charles Woods, M.D.

Charles R. Woods Jr., M.D., has been elected the incoming chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence (SOEPHE). His one-year term begins Nov. 1.

The AAP is a professional membership organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The SOEPHE supports development high quality practice guidelines for children’s health care and fosters informed use of data to improve the health of children.  It is composed of AAP members who practice or have interests in the fields of public health and epidemiology.

Woods is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. He is Associate Chair of the UofL Department of Pediatrics and director of the department’s Child & Adolescent Health Research Design & Support Unit. He has been at UofL since 2006.

In addition to the AAP, his professional affiliations include the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and HIV Medicine Association. He also has been elected to membership in the American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Samford University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a pediatric residency followed by a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital. He later earned a master’s degree in epidemiology from Wake Forest University.

Woods practices with University of Louisville Physicians-Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

UofL Autism Center patients create Asian-inspired art

Program created by Kentucky Autism Training Center engages students on the autism spectrum

Eleven-year-old Evan Green discovered a whole new world at Asia Institute Crane House (AICH) thanks to a new art program for patients at the University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities.

“It was great! I learned how there are a lot of patterns in the artwork,” said Green, a patient at the UofL Autism Center.

In its first six-week session last fall, the New Perspectives Art Program introduced Green and 13 other students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to the patterns, shapes and themes of Asian art. Students explored the exhibit “Peacocks and Paisleys” at AICH, learning about the artistic themes and textiles of China, India, Japan and Korea. They also learned how those cultures used scrolls for communication and art. The students then created their own art using natural materials, stencils and block printing.

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Fireworks-related burns requiring hospital stays skyrocket among kids

New research from UofL shows loosening U.S. laws that let people buy pyrotechnics at younger ages is tied to increased incidence and severity of fireworks-related burns in children

As states relaxed laws related to fireworks sales during the past decade, emergency doctors saw an increase in both the number of fireworks-related injuries among children and the severity of those injuries, according to new research being presented by faculty from the University of Louisville at the Pediatrics Academic Societies 2016 Meeting.

An abstract of the study, “Effect of Fireworks Laws on Pediatric Fireworks Related Burn Injuries," will be presented at the PAS meeting in Baltimore on May 3.

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Doug Saforo receives Outstanding Student Award for Graduate and Professional Students

Doug Saforo, an MD/PhD Student in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology received the “Outstanding Student Award for Graduate and Professional Students” from the University of Louisville at a ceremony held April 19. Doug is a graduate of the University of Louisville Cancer Education Program and is pursuing his PhD dissertation in the laboratory of Dr. Leah Siskind, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Michael Mardis, Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Interim Provost Neville Pinto helped present awards to students.  Further information is available at  http://uoflnews.com/post/uofltoday/uofl-students-recognized-for-outstanding-achievements-service/

Karen Udoh presents cancer research at ACC’s Meeting of the Minds

Outstanding undergraduate students from the Atlantic Coast Conference, including six UofL undergraduates, met April 8-10, 2016 at the annual Meeting of the Minds research conference hosted by Syracuse University in upstate New York. The event highlights undergraduate research and scholarship at the 15 ACC member schools and represents the power and synergy that can exist between athletics and academics.

Karen Udoh, a member of the 2015 University of Louisville Cancer Education Program class presented the cancer research she carried out in the laboratory of Dr. Chris States, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

What Do I Need to Learn Today? - The Evolution of CME by Graham T. McMahon, M.D.

What Do I Need to Learn Today? — The Evolution of CME
“The point at which a clinician takes ownership of his or her own learning agenda is a pivotal moment in professional growth. But as postgraduate medical education evolves to become more learner-centric, new approaches and expectations have created pressures on the continuing medical education (CME) system and left some physicians frustrated.”  CLICK HERE to read the full text of Dr. McMahon’s comments in the New England Journal of Medicine.

DeFilippis honored by MESA with investigator award

UofL cardiologist recognized for research into cardiac overestimation risk
DeFilippis honored by MESA with investigator award

Dr. Andrew DeFilippis


Andrew DeFilippis, M.D., M.Sci., assistant professor of medicine and director of the cardiovascular disease prevention program in the University of Louisville Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, was recently honored with the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Early Career Investigator Award.

MESA is a medical research study involving more than 6,000 men and women from six communities in the United States.

The study is sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

DeFilippis garnered the award for his publication titled, "An analysis of calibration and discrimination among multiple cardiovascular risk scores in a modern multiethnic cohort" published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in February 2015.

That study concluded that of the five risk scores, four, including the new AHA-ACC-ASCVD score, showed overestimation of risk (25% to 115%) in a modern, multi-ethnic cohort without baseline clinical ASCVD.

If validated, overestimation of ASCVD risk may have substantial implications for individual patients and the health care system.

UofL study shows bacterial pneumonia with empyema in children successfully treated with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and early transition to oral antibiotics

UofL study shows bacterial pneumonia with empyema in children successfully treated with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and early transition to oral antibiotics

Claudia Espinosa, M.D., M.Sc.

Treating children with pneumonia complicated by infected fluid in the chest (called empyema) can take longer than other infectious diseases, and typically requires surgical intervention and intravenous (IV) antibiotics. A study published in the April issue of The American Surgeon by University of Louisville assistant professor of pediatrics Claudia Espinosa, M.D., M.Sc., and colleagues, shows that the disease can successfully be treated with a course of broad-spectrum oral antibiotics once the children are released from the hospital, thus making administration of IV antibiotics at home unnecessary.

Espinosa and several colleagues at the UofL School of Medicine conducted a retrospective study of 61 patients treated using a standardized approach of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and IV antibiotics administered in the hospital, with transition to broad-spectrum oral antibiotics about five days after surgery or when the patients were discharged. The study showed a 92 percent rate of recovery without complications using this approach, which is comparable to that achieved with prolonged courses of IV antibiotics continued at home, but avoids potential complications associated with home IVs.

“Given the adverse effects of IV antibiotics and the potential possible complications of PICC lines, transitioning to oral antibiotics and providing a shorter course than previously advised is a good strategy,” Espinosa said. “The outcomes appear to be good even when cultures are negative and the choice of antibiotic is an empiric one.”

The children in the study, all previously healthy children with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia and empyema, were admitted to Kosair Children’s Hospital from 2008 to 2012. All of the children were treated with prompt VATS and early transition to oral antibiotics, which continued for an average of two weeks after discharge.

“Many physicians believe that placing a chest tube and giving fibrinolytics is better than VATS for treatment of empyema,” Espinosa said. “In this study, we show good outcomes, short length of stay, minimal complications and short course of antibiotics for pediatric patients with empyema who underwent VATS.”

UofL pediatrician joins line-up for ‘Rally to End Child Abuse’ on March 30

UofL pediatrician joins line-up for ‘Rally to End Child Abuse’ on March 30

Melissa Currie, M.D.

Kentucky Governor and First Lady lead program to draw attention to issue

Melissa Currie, M.D., will be among the speakers who “Rally to End Child Abuse,” beginning at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Big Four Bridge Lawn on River Road.

Sponsored by the Family & Children’s Place, Kosair Charities’ Face It® Movement, and other Metro Louisville children’s organizations, the Rally to End Child Abuse kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

Currie will join a slate of speakers including Gov. and First Lady Matt and Glenna Bevin, Family & Children’s Place President and CEO Pam Darnall, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad, Kosair Charities Board Chair Jerry Ward and Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks.

Currie is medical director and chief of the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine and program director of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville. The division provides a standardized approach to the assessment of child abuse and neglect issues, providing medical expertise on the diagnosis, documentation and follow-up of suspected cases of child physical abuse and neglect. The first board certified child-abuse pediatrician in Kentucky, Currie practices with University of Louisville Physicians.

The pediatric forensic medicine team serves as liaison between the hospital team and community partners such as law enforcement, Child Protective Services and the Department of Justice. The UofL Department of Pediatrics serves with Kosair Children's Hospital as the only statewide medical referral resource for child maltreatment assessments.

The “Rally to End Child Abuse” highlights progress being made in stopping and preventing abuse and healing child survivors and families. According to 2014 data, nearly 23,000 children suffered physical or sexual abuse or neglect in Kentucky. In Jefferson County, that number totaled more than 3,016 children. Abuse creates a lifelong impact in emotional and physical health, in relationships and in every facet of a child’s life through adulthood.

For more information, visit faceitabuse.org.

Match Day a success again for UofL residency programs (w/ VIDEO)

Internal Medicine, Combined Med-Peds groups both fill their available spots with solid incoming classes
Match Day a success again for UofL residency programs (w/ VIDEO)

UofL medical students learn where they will continue their education as residents on Match Day.


VIEW A PHOTO GALLERY FROM UofL MATCH DAY
VIEW A VIDEO FROM UofL MATCH DAY

The madness of March wasn't confined to the basketball court as the thrill and excitement lent itself to the realm of medical education.

March 18 was Match Day for University of Louisville medical students, and others nationwide, as they opened their envelopes from the National Residency Match Program to find where they had been matched for their future training as residents.

"I am so happy to welcome this class into our residency program," Jennifer Koch, M.D., FACP, Director of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program said. "We are excited to have recruited excellent candidates from both here at the University of Louisville as well as from multiple other institutions. I look forward to working with this diverse and outstanding group of interns!"

Conducted annually by the NRMP, The Match uses a computerized algorithm designed to the best results by aligning the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs. The results are used to fill thousands of training positions available in the United States.

The UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program completed a perfect match yet again, filling 24 categorical and 11 preliminary positions.

In addition the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, under the direction of Laura Workman, M.D., added five new members.

"Our residency training program is second to none," Jesse Roman, M.D., FACP, FACCP, Chairman of the University of Louisville Department of Medicine said. "Faculty and staff are committed to delivering the best training possible, while providing a home to our trainees. The Class of 2019 will witness great changes in medicine and healthcare. It is our mission to generate top internists capable of confronting these changes, but also driving improvements in healthcare delivery, medical education, and research; all while providing compassionate care to those in need."

Our incoming Class of 2019 includes:

Categorical Residents

  • Bahjat Al-Adili - St. George's University
  • Lauren Albers - St. George's University
  • Hadi Atassi - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Abigail Augenstein - University of Louisville
  • Jordan Burlen - University of Toledo
  • Dafang Chen - Indiana University
  • Liza Cholin - University of Toledo
  • Brandon Coons - University of Louisville
  • Paul Davis - University of Louisville
  • Daniel Fioret - University of Louisville
  • Kaitlin Gordon - University of Louisville
  • Shawn Greschel - University of Louisville
  • John Guardiola-Bright - University of Louisville
  • Praneeth Katrapati - University of Toledo
  • Nicholas Klimchak - University of Louisville
  • Daniel Martin - St. George's College
  • Vincent Nguyen - Texas A&M University
  • Cristian Rios - Universidad Peruana Cayetano
  • Sunita Saith - Oakland University
  • Perry Snyder - University of Louisville
  • Denis Suler - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Yixi Tu - University of Tennessee
  • Dana Williams - East Tennessee State University
  • Jared Winston - St. George's University

 

Preliminary Residents

  • Audree Anciro - University of Louisville
  • Kelley Cross - East Tennessee State University
  • Michael Dahle - A.T. Still University
  • Genevieve Jacobs - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michael Kushdilian - Indiana University
  • Kevin Lowder - Texas Tech University
  • Jason Noble - University of Arizona
  • Durham North - University of Louisville
  • Elizabeth Veasey - University of Louisville
  • Weston Wall - University of Louisville
  • Mehran Yusuf - University of Louisville

 

Combined Med-Peds Residents

  • Hannah Freeland - University of Missouri
  • Benjamin Hannah - University of Tennessee
  • Hazar Haauneh - Indiana University
  • David Taylor - University of Louisville
  • Zheyi Teoh - Indiana Queensland

 

VIDEO: Match Day 2016

Graduate students receive travel awards from the Society of Toxicology to present research

Laila Al-Eyrani received a travel award from the Society of Toxicology to present her research,  Laila is a PhD candidate working under the direction of Dr. J. Christopher States.

Wei-Yang (Jeremy) Chen received a travel award from the Society of Toxicology to present his research.  Jeremy is a PhD candidate working under the direction of Dr. Swati Joshi-Barve.

Dominique Jones Receives Two National Awards

We are very proud to announce that Pharmacology and Toxicology PhD candidate Dominique Jones recently has received two major national scientific awards.

  • Underrepresented Graduate Student Travel Award to attend the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics meetings at the Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology April 2016 in San Diego, CA.
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award to attend the AACR Annual Meeting  April 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dominique is pursuing her dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. La Creis Kidd, Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Our Highest Potential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.

UofL residents complete another successful fellowship match

Trend of near perfection in fellowship matches continues with the Class of 2016.
UofL residents complete another successful fellowship match

Many members of the of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program seeking fellowship appointments were matched successfully for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Several members of the University of Louisville Internal Medicine Residency Program seeking fellowship appointments following their graduation in 2016 were recently matched successfully, including three who will continue their training at UofL.

"I am extremely proud of our residents," Dr. Jennifer Koch, director of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program said. "I know the hard work and dedication – hours and hours of research, scholarship, and clinical effort – it takes for them to be successful in this endeavor. I have no doubt that they will represent our residency program extremely well in their roles as fellows."

Over the past four years, nearly all of the program's internal medicine residents have successfully matched into their choice of fellowship.

"Our trainees are pursuing further training at great programs all over the country," Dr. Jesse Roman, Chairman of the UofL Department of Medicine said. "This speaks to the high quality of the education provided by our faculty and the top notch experiences they participate in during their residency training. The training provided at UofL to our up-and-coming physicians is second to none."

Those from The University of Louisville who matched for 2016-2017 include:

Doctor
Specialty
Institution

Robert Burkes

Dmitry Familtsev

Zeeshan Hussain

Andrew Lally

Kimberly Leake

Amanda Lewis

Chirag Patel

Alison Smith

Gregg Wendorf

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Cardiology

Cardiology

Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine

Allergy/Immunology

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

University of Arizona

Loyola University Chicago

University of Louisville

University of Louisville

University of Iowa

University of Texas-San Antonio

East Tennessee State University

University of Louisville

Norton Healthcare, UofL reach agreements, end litigation

Long term deal ensures stability and growth for Children’s Hospital

Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville today announced they have reached agreements which end more than five years of negotiations and more than two years of litigation. The University of Louisville Physicians group and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are also parties to the agreements.

“This is great news for the Louisville community and the Commonwealth,” said Donald H. Robinson, chair of the Norton Healthcare board of trustees. “The agreements clear up critical land lease and ownership issues as well as bringing operational security to Norton while assuring stable financial support to the UofL School of Medicine in pediatrics. The real winners here are the families who depend on our children’s hospital for their child’s care.”

“We reached fair and mutually beneficial agreements that extend our long-time relationship for providing the highest level of pediatric care to the children of the Commonwealth and beyond,” said Larry Benz, chair of the UofL board of trustees. “Both organizations are passionate about fulfilling their missions in this regard. We are now focused on how our organizations will combine our strengths to make Kosair Children’s Hospital a top tier pediatric hospital in the United States.”

The agreements include an amendment to the 1981 land lease between Norton and the Commonwealth for the children’s hospital property which results in a permanent solution, one that secures Norton’s ownership and control of the hospital, confirmed by the Commonwealth and UofL. It also makes it possible for Norton to continue plans for more than $35 million in additional capital improvements to its children’s hospital over the next five years. Those plans had been held up due to the litigation.

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