Norton Healthcare plans $70 million hospital on Goodwill Industries’ ‘opportunity’ campus in West End | incoming

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Norton Healthcare on Wednesday unveiled plans for a $70 million hospital in the Parkland neighborhood, the first new medical center for Louisville’s West End since before the Civil War.

Norton would join Goodwill Industries of Kentucky’s 50-acre “Opportunity Campus” at 28th Street and West Broadway in a $100 million project due to break ground this summer and open in 2023.

The site is also said to include Goodwill’s headquarters and offices of other local social services. Norton plans to spend $7 million to buy land for the hospital and support other services, although it couldn’t give an estimated purchase price.

“Today could be the most transformative day in healthcare history in our community,” said Russ Cox, Norton’s President and CEO, before elected officials and community and business leaders at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

“Perhaps more importantly, today is our opportunity to truly change the narrative of investing in West Louisville, persistence of engagement in West Louisville and sustainability in West Louisville,” said Cox.

He said the hospital would be the first to be built west of Ninth Street since construction of Portland’s former US Marine Hospital began in 1845. This facility opened in 1852 and closed in 1933.

Norton plans a 40,000 to 60,000 square foot building on 6.5 acres with 20 beds for inpatients, an emergency room, adult and pediatric primary care offices, x-ray and CT scans, and women’s health, cardiology, neurology and endocrinology services.

The Metro government’s 2017 Health Equity Report found that cancer rates are “heaped” in the west half of Louisville, and residents of some neighborhoods there also have higher rates of heart disease and stroke. These results are “unacceptable,” Cox said.

“Your genetic code will do enough to you and have enough impact on your health,” he said. “Your zip code can no longer come into play with your health.”

The hospital is expected to create around 100 new jobs with an average salary of $60,000. Norton had no estimates on construction jobs and wages on Wednesday.

The 20.5 hectare property includes land that was once Sypris Technology’s old manufacturing facility. Goodwill announced plans to build the “casual campus” on the site in 2020. Demolition began last year.

In addition to Goodwill’s headquarters, his $30 million project includes offices for Big Brothers Big Sisters, KentuckianaWorks, Volunteers of America, YMCA, Legal Aid Society, Park Community Credit Union, Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center and the Kentucky College of Barbering.

Amy Luttrell, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, said these organizations will offer services ranging from second-chance banking to job training and a full-service cafeteria.

“We are celebrating a collaborative partnership that rivals any other national example and is certainly the first of its kind,” she said.

Metro Council Member Keisha Dorsey attended the announcement and told WDRB News that the project on 28th and Broadway represents “hearing the voice of residents.”

Dorsey said she expects a multiplier effect that will likely include restaurants and other investments in the area.

“That’s what we looked for in West Louisville,” she said. “It’s not this unique effect. It’s transformative.”

Goodwill plans to use about $5 million from the New Market Tax Credit program for low-income communities and a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help cover its costs, spokesman Barnard Baker said.

The company will also tap into proceeds from the sale of its current headquarters at 1325 S. Fourth St. and other business proceeds, he said, as well as funds from an upcoming capital campaign.

Norton plans to fund its project — $50 million in construction and $20 million in operating costs — from its general operating fund, spokeswoman Kate Eller said in an email.

The hospital’s announcement is the second in as many weeks in Louisville. UofL Health last week announced its plans for a $144 million expansion of its downtown University Hospital.

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