Work is expected to begin this fall on the planned Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Norton Children’s Hospital. | Courtesy of Norton Healthcare

Norton Children’s Hospital is celebrating a $500,000 gift from BB&T that will provide a special place for tiny heart patients to receive care at the planned Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

A $500,000 gift from BB&T will fund a three-bed section of the cardiac intensive care unit. | Courtesy of Norton Healthcare

The gift will pay for a three-bed section for infants, according to an announcement from Norton Healthcare.

“We’re grateful to BB&T for seeing the need to support this special area of the hospital,” said Lynnie Meyer, Norton Healthcare’s chief development officer. “The critical care that will be provided in these special rooms will make a large difference for our smallest patients recovering from heart surgery.”

The unit, supported by a $2 million gift from the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation through the Children’s Hospital Foundation, is part of Norton’s efforts to meet an increasing demand for specialized heart care.

The soon-to-be-constructed unit and renovation of the existing “Just for Kids” Critical Care Center are expected to cost almost $25 million.

The 14-bed unit will include private rooms for children recovering from open heart surgery, heart transplants, heart failure and other procedures and conditions that require intensive care. There also will be space for families to stay with their children.

BB&T is pleased to support a three-bed section, said Thomas F. Eller Jr., president of BB&T in the Kentucky/Ohio region.

“Through our gift, we hope to be a beacon of hope, support, care and compassion,” he said.

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is from Louisville and has visited with pediatric patients at Norton.

“My family and I have met so many wonderful children on our visits to the hospital,” she said when the $2 million gift was announced in 2016. “Their strength and courage is inspiring.”

Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.


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