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The Norton Healthcare Foundation has established numerous funds with specific purposes. You may designate your donation to go to one of those funds or to the area of greatest need.

Gifts made to the Norton Healthcare Foundation with no designation will be used in the area of greatest need, as determined by the finance and grants committee of the Norton Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors.

For more information, call the Norton Healthcare Foundation at (502) 629-8060. Existing funds are listed below.

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Education Funds

The Clinical Pathology Education Fund supports clinical pathology education, including medical technology, cytotechnology, histotechnology and pathology residents.

The Nursing Education and Certification fund supports the graduate nurse education program for Norton Healthcare nurses, allowing nurses to pursue advanced education.

The Lansing Scholars Fund, established by Allan M. Lansing, M.D., provides resources to help pay for the education of nurses and allied health professionals at Bellarmine University.

The Norton Hospital Clinical Ancillary Education Fund provides education for clinical ancillary personnel at Norton Hospital.

The Norton Leatherman Spine Center Fund provides education, training and patient care related to Norton Leatherman Spine Center.

The Pharmacy Education Fund supports the educational endeavors of the pharmacy department at Norton Healthcare.

The Shirley Powers Nurse Education Fund enhances professional nursing practice at Norton Hospital through continuing education for all levels of nursing.

Norton Heart Care

The Nancy Layden Women’s Heart Care Fund provides resources to assist heart patients.

The Robert Lerman Memorial Music Library Fund

Robert Lerman M.D., was a pathologist at Norton Audubon Hospital for nearly 20 years. Because he loved music, and to honor the spirit in which Dr. Lerman lived, his family established the Robert Lerman Memorial Music Library Fund through the Norton Healthcare Foundation.

More than ever, not-for-profit hospitals rely on the support of our community to help maintain a high level of care and special services to help people when they need it most. The Robert Lerman Memorial Music Library at Norton Audubon Hospital is one example of how your generosity can be used to benefit others.

To contribute, send your donation to the Robert Lerman Memorial Music Library Fund, c/o Norton Healthcare Foundation, Department 94465, Louisville, KY 40294-4465.

Donations may be tax deductible. The names of companies, organizations and the individuals donating $250 or more will be permanently acknowledged in the music library.

For more information on the Norton Healthcare Foundation and the Robert Lerman Memorial Music Library, call (502) 629-8060.

Norton Audubon Hospital

The Norton Audubon Hospital Fund supports resources to benefit Norton Audubon Hospital.

Norton Hospital

The Norton Hospital Fund supports resources to benefit Norton Hospital, including the Norton Healthcare Pavilion.

Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital

The Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital Fund supports resources to benefit Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews.

The Baby Steps walls at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Norton Hospital provide an opportunity for family and friends to honor the children they love by purchasing a commemorative pink, blue or clear tile. Each tile is customized with a symbolic footprint showing the child’s name and birthdate. Call (502) 629-8060 to learn how you can honor a little one in your life.

Norton Cancer Institute

The Gail Klein Garlove Lectureship Fund

This fund supports a special free lectureship series for cancer research established by the family of Gail Klein Garlove.

The Gail Klein Garlove Lectureship is designed to reach all physicians, health care providers and members of the public interested in the latest advancements in cancer treatment and research. Gail Klein Garlove was born Oct. 28, 1939. She died of cancer on July 14, 1994. During her lifetime of dedicated service to the community, Mrs. Garlove worked as an assistant librarian at the Louisville Collegiate School. She also volunteered at Kentucky Country Day School, the Louisville Free Public Library’s “Talking Book” program and the Mormon Home for Retirees.

The Gail Klein Garlove Lectureship Series is sponsored in her honor by Mrs. Garlove’s three children — Matt Lee Garlove Jr., Robin Garlove Fine and Lee Klein Garlove. Proceeds from the lectureship benefit the Norton Healthcare Foundation and Norton Cancer Institute.

Your gift will ensure that the lectureship continues as an invaluable resource for the community and caregivers treating cancer.

The Oncology Education and Prevention Fund

The Oncology Education and Prevention Fund provides educational assistance for the benefit of adult-service hospital-based oncology programs at Norton Healthcare.

Established in 1996 by Gouverneur H. “Bo” Nixon and family, this fund initially provided educational assistance for oncology staff at Norton Hospital in downtown Louisville. The goal was to provide funding for the continuing education and certification of registered nurses to become oncology certified. To date, the program has provided support for the certification of more than 120 nurses now practicing at Norton Cancer Institute.

Since its inception, the fund has grown to offer a range of services to oncology patients and caregivers.

Your gift to the Oncology Education and Prevention Fund will help address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families throughout treatment, and providing continuing education for oncology professionals throughout Norton Cancer Institute. The fund supports services to patients, the community and Norton Healthcare staff, including:

  • Community cancer screenings (breast, prostate, skin, lung and cervical cancers)
  • Continuing education and certification opportunities for Norton Cancer Institute professionals, including the annual Nixon Lectureship.
  • Wigs and turbans for patients experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment
  • One-on-one education with oncology-certified nurses
  • Educational classes on topics from yoga and stress management to recovering from cancer-related surgery
  • Community education on cancer prevention opportunities at health fairs

The Oncology Spirit Fund

The Oncology Spirit Fund provides resources to benefit the nursing staff of the oncology department through activities that support positive staff morale.

Providing medical care and emotional comfort to oncology patients and their families is a special gift of caregivers at Norton Cancer Institute. To keep energy high and maintain a positive spirit among staff, Governeur H. “Bo” Nixon and family established the Oncology Spirit Fund as a tribute to the nurses and staff who cared for the late Dorothy P. “Dotsie” Nixon during cancer treatment at Norton Hospital.

Your contribution to the Oncology Spirit Fund serves as an expression of appreciation for the dedicated care provided by Norton Healthcare’s oncology staff.

The fund supports activities that promote positive morale and offer opportunities for stress relief and team-building. The fund may be used for rewards and recognitions, relaxation activities, educational programs and environmental enhancement. Past spirit boosters have included holiday parties and gifts, nursing books, staff lunches, gift certificates and expert talks on oncology-related subjects. In turn, oncology staff members approach patients with a more positive, fresh outlook as they continue providing the quality health care the community has come to expect from Norton Cancer Institute.

The Nixon Lectureship Series Fund

The death of a loved one to ovarian cancer nearly 20 years ago has sparked a Louisville family’s quest to defeat what’s often called “the silent killer.” Over two decades, Gouverneur H. “Bo” Nixon and his family have touched nearly all aspects of cancer care at Norton Healthcare through funding and involvement in education, prevention, and treatment.

The family established this lectureship in memory of Bo’s late wife, Dorothy P. “Dotsie” Nixon. The lecture seeks to raise awareness around the need for cutting-edge gynecologic cancer treatments and the latest in palliative care techniques.

Your gift will ensure that the lectureship continues as an invaluable resource for the community and caregivers of patients battling cancer.

Pastoral Care

The Chapel Fund helps maintain our hospitals’ chapels and the services provided by our pastoral care department.


The Psychiatric Fund supports acquisition of supplies, equipment and psychiatric services for patients through the Norton Hospital Behavioral Health Center.


The Jeffress Fund provides special and unusual surgery instruments for the surgical staff.

Women’s Health

The Women’s Health Initiatives Fund supports women’s and babies’ health through Norton Women’s Care, including women’s heart health, gynecologic services, general and high-risk maternity services, neonatal and mother/baby care, a breast health program and a wide array of other services to meet the needs of women of all ages through all life stages.

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