Prevention and Outreach

Bobby Dorriety

Screening catches major
medical complication

Prevention initiatives are making a mark in our community through the number of lives saved.

Norton Healthcare is committed to the total health of our community. To sustain this commitment, we encourage proactive patient care that helps to prevent disease and injury. Our convenient screening services offered by Norton Cancer Institute, including a $2 million Mobile Prevention Center, improve access for patients who are trying to stay on top of their health.

Bobby Dorriety is a testament that our screening services are saving lives. Bobby participated in Norton Healthcare’s free “employee plus one” vascular screenings as part of an employee health initiative. Bobby’s wife, Peggy, is a practice manager at Norton Spine Specialists – Rouben & Casnellie.

“I thought it was time in our lives for us to get something like this done,” Peggy said. “Much to our surprise, they found an abdominal aortic aneurysm on Bobby’s screening.”

Bobby immediately scheduled an appointment with a vascular surgeon and underwent a minimally invasive stent graft procedure at Norton Hospital to repair the aneurysm and reinforce the wall of his aorta.

“We are very grateful to Norton Healthcare that they provided us the opportunity to have these free screenings. We are now advocates of endorsing vascular screenings. They could save your life, as they did for my husband.” – Peggy Dorriety

Prevention by the numbers

Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness is making a big impact in our community. In 2013, staff traveled to more than 242 locations providing cancer and cardiovascular screenings to the public — 50 percent of which were in underserved communities.

The results: More than 2,300 Louisville-area residents were screened for cancer. Of them, approximately 22 percent had not been screened in the past five years. Twenty-one individuals were diagnosed and treated for preinvasive and invasive cancer.

More than 4,400 people received blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and osteoporosis screenings in 2013. In addition, our staff provided education on smoking cessation, diet and exercise.

Annual Health Equity Summit focuses on health disparities in our community

The Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention & Wellness annual Health Equity Summit explored the causes, effects and possible responses to health disparities in our community and throughout the state. Featured speakers included Jeffrey Brenner, M.D., family physician based in Camden, N.J., who operates a full-service urban family facility serving a largely Hispanic Medicaid population, and former U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.

The summit was attended by more than 200 individuals interested in responding to the issues of health disparities in Greater Louisville and throughout Kentucky. Fifty-four registered nurses received continuing medical education for their participation in the summit. One hundred percent of attendees reported being satisfied or very satisfied that the summit met its goals and expectations in relation to providing knowledge of and potential responses to health disparities.

Making a difference for the community

As a not-for-profit health care provider, we rely on the generosity of the community to help support programs, hospital improvements, education and advocacy. The Norton Healthcare Foundation raises funds to support adult health services at Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Norton Hospital and Norton Suburban Hospital (future home of Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital). Additionally, the Children’s Hospital Foundation works to raise funds for Kosair Children’s Hospital and its affiliated facilities to ensure our community’s children have access to quality health care when they need it most.

Your support makes a difference in your community. Please consider donating to the Norton Healthcare Foundation or the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation.