King’s Daughters’ Health (KDH), located in Madison, Ind., has officially joined the Louisville-based Norton Healthcare system. King’s Daughters’ Health will be renamed Norton King’s Daughters’ Health and becomes Norton Healthcare’s fifth adult-service hospital, the first outside of Louisville. It will be Norton Healthcare’s sixth hospital overall; the health care system also owns and operates Norton Children’s Hospital.
Norton Healthcare and King’s Daughter’s Health signed a letter of intent in November 2020 to explore a more official arrangement, one that would build on their existing affiliation agreement for oncology (cancer) services through Norton Cancer Institute at KDH Cancer Treatment Center in Madison.
When the letter of intent was signed, Annie Schroeder, chair, KDH board of managers, and president, Bethany Circle, said both the board and Bethany Circle members believed sharing additional resources and expertise between KDH and Norton Healthcare would benefit patients, physicians, team members and the community. Given how greater access to health care benefits local communities, the board wanted KDH to grow and thrive well into the future.
Established by a group of women from the Presbyterian Church on Aug. 25, 1899, KDH celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2019. KDH has grown into a regional health center, serving residents in southeast Indiana and northern Kentucky. Its primary campus and new hospital opened in 2013.
As a not-for-profit organization, King’s Daughters’ Health is Jefferson County, Indiana’s, largest employer, supporting more than 900 team members.
Norton Healthcare serves adult and pediatric patients from throughout Greater Louisville, Southern Indiana and beyond. The not-for-profit hospital and health care system is Louisville’s third-largest employer, with more than 17,000 employees, over 1,600 employed medical providers and approximately 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. The system includes five hospitals with 1,907 licensed beds, seven outpatient centers, 18 Norton Immediate Care Centers, eight Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens clinics and an expanded telehealth program.