Kosair Launches Public Fundraising Campaign

Louisville’s Kosair Children’s Hospital has launched the public phase of a capital campaign to raise $208 million to expand its facilities and recruit the country’s top pediatric specialists. Steve Williams, CEO of parent company Norton Healthcare, says this particular fundraising effort is unique.

“In its 116 year history, our Children’s Hospital has never, I repeat never, asked for the general public’s support on a comprehensive public fundraising campaign. But this year, in these days and times, the need is such that we turn to the community for support,” Williams said.

The effort already has commitments of $100 million from parent company Norton Healthcare and $57 million from individuals, foundations and corporations during the so-called quiet phase of the campaign.

Kosair officials say they hope they can reach the fundraising goal by 2010.

The planned enhancements include a new pediatric outpatient center and the hiring of a second neurosurgeon.