Louisville, KY's Health-Care Excellence

Louisville was one of the first cities in the nation to guarantee health care for the homeless, and next to tourism, health care is the top employer sector.

On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 12:48
Kosair Children's Hospital in Brownsboro, KY

Take a deep breath and relax because Louisville has a long tradition of health-care innovation and a national reputation for excellence.

For example, Louisville was one of the first cities in the nation to guarantee health care for the homeless, and next to tourism, health care is the top employer sector. Some of the city’s state-of-the-art facilities are:

Kosair Children’s Hospital

Kosair Children's Hospital and its predecessors have cared for children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana for more than 100 years, without regard to their families' ability to pay. Besides top care for children, the 263-bed hospital also serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

In addition, Kosair Children's Medical Center-Brownsboro is also open as the first outpatient medical facility in Kentucky devoted solely to the care of children. It is in Louisville's East End. Both Kosair hospitals are part of the Norton Healthcare network.

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare

JHSMH was established in 2005 when Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services and CARITAS Health Services joined together. Today it oversees 70 health-care facilities with more than 1,400 licensed beds, including the 462-bed Jewish Hospital that has served the community since 1905. The JHSMH network in Louisville has 7,700 employees.

Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center

In conjunction with Jewish Hospital and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center made headlines in 1999 when doctors there performed the first hand transplant in the United States. Other achievements include the world’s first reported repair of a digital artery, and a national award for research in blood flow to the nerves in the hand.

University of Louisville Hospital

University of Louisville is home to specialty-care centers focusing on high-risk obstetrics, trauma, stroke and cancer. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a thriving community of oncology physicians and cancer researchers, and home to the world’s first preventative cancer vaccine that prevents cervical cancer.

Baptist Hospital East

Part of the Baptist Healthcare System that has five acute-care hospitals in Kentucky, Baptist Hospital East is located in Louisville’s East End. Its Baby Steps program focuses on maternity classes and questions from conception to birth and beyond, while its Center for Behavioral Health helps patients with emotional problems and addictions. BHE also has neuroscience services and a bariatric center.

Clark Memorial Hospital

Founded in 1922 in Jefferson, Ind., Clark Memorial Hospital has grown to include 241 beds and developed a reputation as a specialist in orthopedics. Other specialties include cancer, geriatrics, kidney disorders and neurology.

Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services

Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, located just across the Ohio River in New Albany, IN, began serving Greater Louisville area residents in 1953. Today, the hospital offers services provided by more than 600 physicians in many specialities and employs 2,000 associates. US News & World Report recognized the 199-bed hospital as "high performing" in five of its adult specialities, including cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonology and geriatrics.

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