Norton Children’s Hospital is one of those compelling providers of specialized health care that ought to be on the minds of charitable donors all year round.

It certainly was for Jennifer Lawrence. In 2016, the actress’s foundation donated $2 million to set up a cardiac intensive care unit.

The 300-bed hospital is Louisville’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  Specialists offer comprehensive pediatric care, including a full range of services for congenital and acquired heart disease, cancer care, neurosciences, spine and orthopedic care and neonatal care.

However, the hospital is not just a single building. Norton Children’s is a network of pediatricians and pediatric specialists, two hospitals, a medical center, four outpatient centers and a host of tele-medicine locations across the region. Apart from the main hospital at 231 E. Chestnut Street downtown, there is the medical center at 4910 Chamberlain Lane, near Norton Commons; Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital at 4001 Dutchman’s Lane, in the St. Matthews medical center; and outpatient centers in Bowling Green, Frankfort, Owensboro and Paducah. Plus, there are Norton Children’s Medical Associates facilities located throughout Jefferson County, Southern Indiana, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Shelbyville, Shepherdsville and Mt. Washington. (The entire list is available at

But all those facts and statistics aside, the inspiring individual stories they tell, the successful outcomes they can boast of, and the photographs and stories of Norton Children’s Hospital’s past patients are a strong reminder of the hospital’s importance to this community. The not-for-profit hospital is open to every child who comes through its doors, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

In this season of giving, there is an easy way for people to give back. The Norton’s  Children’s Hospital Foundation has recently set up a monthly Heroes for Kids program to help provide support for facilities, equipment, new technologies, clinical research and child advocacy, as well as health education for patients and families.

The Heroes for Kids program allows donors to spread their payments out over the year in monthly installments, once an automatic payment plan has been set up.

To set your plan in motion, go to For answers to questions, more information or other ways to help, call 502-629-8060.

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Giving by the Numbers

A monthly gift is a simple way to make a steady impact on sick and injured children in our region. The cumulative impact of your gift at the end of one year can help provide lifesaving care.

Here is the difference you can make in the life of a child who needs medical help by this time next year:

$10 will provide two doses of anti-nausea medication to a child with cancer who is undergoing chemotherapy.

$25 will provide one day’s worth of diapers for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.

$50 will provide a specialty tilt chair for a child with disabilities in the hospital.

$75 will provide one chemotherapy injection to a child with cancer.

$100 will provide 14 IV poles that transport life-saving treatment and nourishment to children in the hospital.

Posted on 2017-12-08 by Steve Kaufman