by Gabe Bullard
The Kosair Children’s Medical Center – Brownsboro will open next week.
Ground was broken on the $50.3 million center in northeastern Jefferson County in March 2009, and the first patients will be admitted on Wednesday. The facility is designed to treat only children and young adults, and is equipped for emergency care, diagnostics and surgery. Center vice president Charlotte Ipsan says about 80 percent of the children in the eastern portion of the Louisville Metro area are sent to adult hospitals.
“It’s very apparent that we need these services in this area, in this end of town,” she says. “[It’s] the fastest growing pediatric population.”
Ipsan says the new medical center will also alleviate some of the patient load for Kosair Children’s Hospital downtown. Both facilities are part of the Norton Healthcare system.