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The children’s hospital in downtown Louisville soon will have a new name. | Photo courtesy of Norton Healthcare.

Norton Healthcare officials on Wednesday revealed the new name of its downtown children’s hospital.

Effective Nov. 10, the longtime Kosair Children’s Hospital will be renamed Norton Children’s Hospital.

The name change is the result of a lengthy legal battle between Norton Healthcare and Kosair Charities — a lawsuit that was settled in July.

In 2014, Kosair Charities filed suit against Norton, alleging the health care company misused $115 million designated to provide care for charity patients at the children’s hospital. “Norton has been unjustly enriched by its use of the charitable funds contributed by Kosair,” the charity stated in court filings.

Norton filed a countersuit, accusing Kosair of failing to make scheduled payments.

In announcing the name change on Wednesday, Norton officials attempted to move past the dispute, thanking Kosair for its contributions over the years.

“We thank Kosair Charities and its members for their support and dedication to the Commonwealth’s children,” Thomas D. Kmetz, Norton’s president of women’s and children’s services, said in a press release. “Both organizations remain committed to meeting children’s health care needs. We will now pursue that focus independently.”

Prior to entering into an agreement with Kosair Charities in 1981 and renaming the hospital to reflect that partnership, the downtown children’s hospital was called Norton-Children’s Hospital.

“Years ago, the hospital was known as Norton-Children’s Hospital, and we were pleased to learn through our research that that name still resonates with the community,” Kmetz added. “Our name may be changing, but the same caregivers and caring our patients and families have come to know and expect are still here, and will be for many years to come.”

Sarah Kelley has spent the past 15 years in journalism, pursuing a wide range of stories — from covering federal courts in Washington, D.C., including the trials of 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui and former vice presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, to investigating prosecutorial misconduct in capital cases in Nashville, Tenn. In 2008, Sarah returned to her native Louisville to work for LEO Weekly, where she served as editor until 2013. Email Sarah at [email protected]


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