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New $70 million hospital planned for Louisville’s west end

February 26, 2022 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new hospital has been announced for Louisville’s west end, the first to be built in the predominantly African American area in 150 years.

City leaders announced a $100 million investment by two major employers, including the $70 million hospital from Norton Healthcare, the Courier Journal reported. The large campus on Broadway and 28th Street will include a $30 million headquarters for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.

Russell Cox, CEO of Norton Healthcare, said during the announcement Wednesday that it was a “transformational day in the history of health care in our community.”

“Today provides us with an opportunity to truly begin to change the narrative about investment in west Louisville, permanence of commitment in west Louisville and sustainability in west Louisville,” Cox said.

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Construction should begin this year, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky President and CEO Amy Luttrell said.

The hospital will include adult and pediatric physician offices, Cox said, along with a 24-hour emergency department and 20 inpatient beds.

The new facility will be the first hospital built west of Ninth Street since 1845, Cox said. It was a former U.S. Marine Hospital that closed in 1933.

Metro Council President David James called the developments a “dream come true for us, and it’s going to be a dream come true for west Louisville.”