Norton, University of Louisville partner on children’s cancer institute
Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville in Kentucky have created the Norton Children’s Cancer Institute to combine the university’s research and advanced clinical trials with Norton’s cancer care.
The agreement announced last week formalizes a relationship that’s been around for decades, said Dr. Charles Woods, interim chairman of the university’s department of pediatrics.
The university and Norton, a five-hospital system based in Louisville, are building their relations just as the University of Louisville Hospital is dissolving its joint operating agreement with Norton’s crosstown rival, KentuckyOne Health.
The new children’s cancer institute is forming joint committees to provide improved access and additional services for children fighting cancer, Woods said. The institute also plans to revamp a bone marrow transplant program, he said.
The university and KentuckyOne announced in December that they are terminating a troubled joint operating agreement that has seen KentuckyOne manage the academic medical center and the accompanying James Graham Brown Cancer Center for the past four years. The agreement is scheduled to dissolve on July 1, at which time management of the hospital and the cancer center will revert back to University Medical Center, said hospital spokesman Gary Mans.