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Future of children’s
health care
Kosair Children’s Hospital and the National
Association of Children’s Hospitals recently
hosted a round-table meeting with U.S. Rep.
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John Yarmuth (pictured in center) to discuss
the future of children’s health care. The meeting
included a panel of hospital leaders, physicians,
government relations experts and other elected
In this issu ...
A bright new year full of possibilities
3 Ending child abuse
4 Skull condition is
caught early
6 Ovarian cancer
strikes teen
8 A cancer survivor’s story
9 Bringing tiny babies home
10 Planned Giving
11 Caregiver Spotlight
12 News and Notes
14 Tribute Gifts
15 Upcoming Events
On the cover:
Claire Feller
See page 8
pringtime is a season of renewal and new beginnings. For Kosair Children’s Hospital,
it also represents a time of new opportunities. Each and every day we are given
opportunities to continue to meet the medical needs of
children, increase access to pediatric care throughout Kentucky
and our entire region, continually improve our facilities and
services, and enhance our vision of becoming one of the top
children’s hospitals in the country.
In the past year, we concluded our “Just for Kids”
Campaign, a major growth initiative to fund facilities,
equipment, education and research programs. Now we look
forward to expanding our facilities in the Louisville Metro area
with the opening of a new women’s and children’s hospital in
what is currently Norton Suburban Hospital. This new hospital will offer comprehensive
health care for women, along with expanded pediatric services from Kosair Children’s.
The women’s services component of the new hospital, opening this fall, has been named
Norton Women’s Hospital and the pediatric services component will be referred to as
Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews.
With extended services available at Kosair Children’s Medical Center – Brownsboro
and soon on the new St. Matthews campus, we can better utilize our existing space
on the downtown campus by enhancing our neonatal intensive care unit, expanding
our pediatric intensive care unit, creating a pediatric coronary care unit and improving
existing space in the Emergency Department.
We continue to expand pediatric specialty services throughout Kentucky. We
work closely with our academic partners at the University of Louisville Department
of Pediatrics and many hospital partners in areas such as Ashland, Bowling Green,
Frankfort, Owensboro and Paducah to ensure enhanced pediatric services are
available statewide.
These priorities require hard work, focus and commitment to be realized. But just as
important, they require your support and involvement. Your financial contributions and
gifts of time and resources are truly the bricks and mortar that allow us to continually
grow and improve.
On behalf of everyone at Kosair Children’s Hospital and Kosair Children’s Medical
Center – Brownsboro, we thank you for your ongoing support. Together, we can turn
opportunities and possibilities into realities.
Thomas D. Kmetz
Kosair Children’s Hospital
and Pediatric Services
Lynnie Meyer, MSN, R.N., CFRE
Executive Director
Children’s Hospital Foundation
entucky is among the worst states in the country for
frequency of child abuse and child deaths related to
abusive head trauma, formerly called shaken baby syndrome.
Child abuse is something that happens regardless of
socioeconomic status, race, gender or religion. Of the children
suffering from abuse, hundreds are seen at Kosair Children’s
Hospital every year. Deeply saddened and frustrated by these
statistics, Kosair Children’s Hospital started its own Child Abuse
Task Force in 2001. Since its inception, the Child Abuse Task
Force continues to make prevention, intervention and education
top priorities in stopping child abuse, a subject Ebony Carson
knows all too well.
On Oct. 14, 2011, Ebony received a phone call from
Kosair Children’s Hospital requesting permission to treat her
15-month-old son, Cornell. She assumed his hospitalization
was the result of one of his severe food allergies. She was
devastated to learn Cornell was in critical condition, suffering
from a broken rib, lacerated liver and fractured skull. He had
been in the care of Ebony’s then boyfriend, who admitted
to shaking Cornell for about two minutes, throwing him in
his crib and holding him down. When the toddler stopped
breathing, the boyfriend called 911, and Cornell was taken by
ambulance to Kosair Children’s Hospital.
The abuse left Cornell with severe brain damage. He is
undergoing physical and cognitive rehabilitation therapy and
making progress every day, but he will face life-long challenges.
“If you are caring for a child and begin to lose patience, it is
perfectly fine to put a child in a safe place – ideally, alone on
his or her back and in a crib. Step back from the situation,”
said Therese Sirles, R.N., director of the Children’s Hospital
Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children’s
Hospital. “Sometimes situations with children can become
frustrating, but resorting to violence is never an option.”
Sirles advises if you are considering leaving your children in
someone else’s care, make sure you know and trust the person
implicitly, because your child’s life depends on it. Instruct
anyone supervising your child that if they think they’re close to
reaching their boiling point, call you immediately so you can
get your child.
–Lyndsay Mountz
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Ebony and Cornell Carson
Kosair Children’s Hospital works to
better identify abuse
In 2005, critical care and Emergency Department nurses
and physicians at Kosair Children’s Hospital researched abuse
of children they cared for in the hospital, identifying bruising
patterns indicative of abuse. These specific bruising patterns
were the subject of research published in “Pediatrics” in January
2010. Their findings are now considered a gold standard in
evidence-based practice of skin assessments in children age
4 and younger who come to the hospital with bruising. The
bruising patterns can help with early identification of abuse as
well as prosecution of the abuser.
In 2008, news reports substantiated that Kentucky was
ranked No. 1 in the nation in deaths related to child abuse and
maltreatment, all the more reason for the hospital’s efforts to
establish state legislation in 2010 that aimed to educate new
parents on the dangers of shaking a baby as well as increase
awareness throughout the state on those dangers.
Now one year old, the program has educated approximately
16,000 new parents and created public service announcements
now airing on television to teach parents that it’s OK to place
a baby in a safe place and walk away for a moment to give
yourself a “timeout.”
New mom’s instinct catches baby’s skull condition
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Like most first-time parents, Andy and Tracey Roberts worried about and examined and over-thought every
inch of their new baby boy, Bradley. If they weren’t sure about something, they were sure they’d find out.
Though Tracey says she may have pored over her baby to a fault, that vigilance turned out to be a blessing
when she caught what potentially could be two physically altering conditions, torticollis and plagiocephaly.
Tracey had an easy pregnancy and delivered Bradley in
February 2011. He appeared to be healthy and growing
normally, but when he was about 3 weeks old Tracey noticed
he always leaned toward the left when lying down.
“Everyone told me it was just the way he liked to sleep, that
it was his comfort position,” Tracey said. “I also noticed he was
getting a flat spot on the back of his head.”
Tracey’s maternal instinct told her something just wasn’t
right, so at Bradley’s 2-month checkup, she shared her concerns
with his pediatrician. The physician referred Bradley to
specialists at Kosair Children’s Hospital, who confirmed he had
torticollis and plagiocephaly.
“Torticollis is a shortening of the neck muscles, which can
be caused from positioning in the womb, from an inherited
condition or for no known reason,” said Annette Stambaugh,
physical therapist and clinical manager of Rehabilitation
Services at Kosair Children’s. “The shortened muscles will cause
the head to tilt to one side and turn to the opposite side.”
Plagiocephaly is a condition that many times goes handin-hand with torticollis. It is the medical term for a flattening of
one side of the head. Because babies’ heads are soft to allow for
brain growth, if the head favors one side naturally that side will
be more prone to become flattened.
Most people can’t tell Bradley is in
physical therapy for anything. He truly
is a blessing. He makes every day of
my life better.”
–Tracey Roberts
“There’s a cause and effect relationship with torticollis and
plagiocephaly,” said Thomas Moriarty, M.D., Ph.D., chief of
pediatric neurosurgery, Kosair Children’s Hospital. “Many
infants are born with torticollis and subsequently develop
plagiocephaly after birth.”
“When we got the diagnosis, I’m sure I did what a lot of
moms do – I blamed myself,” Tracey said. “What could I have
done to prevent it? What did I do while I was pregnant to
cause this? He seemed to be developing just fine, which was a
relief, but I was worried about the road ahead not having a clue
what was going on.”
Tracey’s worries were relieved when she learned the
plagiocephaly was caught early and Bradley would likely not
need a helmet, which is a common therapy for babies with a
more severe case of this condition. A custom-molded helmet
works by applying gentle, constant pressure on the skull to
redirect growth.
“It is important to treat positional plagiocephaly early.
Conservative care, such as very attentive repositioning and/or
Bradley Roberts with Crissy Merideth, physical therapist, Rehabilitation Services
at Kosair Children’s Hospital
treating associated conditions like torticollis, before 6 months of
age usually will correct the skull deformity,” Dr. Moriarty said.
“From 6 to 10 months, cranial molding helmets are used to treat
positional skull deformities. After 10 months, surgery might
be considered for persistent, disfiguring deformity. Fortunately,
most positional plagiocephaly is recognized and treated before
surgery ever becomes a consideration.”
Bradley sees a physical therapist at Kosair Children’s Hospital
every two weeks. He receives about 45 minutes of therapy
that involves stretching his neck muscles and developmental
activities, as well as doing stretches and positioning at home.
“Bradley’s head has rounded out beautifully and no helmet
was needed,” Tracey said. “He has started walking and moving
about, which has really helped him strengthen his neck
Though Tracey may have worried over Bradley more than she
needed to, she has no regrets about it.
“As a parent, it just goes to show how important it is to listen
to your gut,” she said. “If you feel like something is just not
right, ask the doctor. It’s better to over-think something than to
let it go and be detrimental later in life.”
Other causes of plagiocephaly
Babies also can get plagiocephaly from lying on their backs
too much or spending too much time in a position where their
head is resting against something flat, such as a stroller
or playpen. Premature babies also are more susceptible,
since their skulls are softer and they generally spend
more time on their backs due to their fragile medical
condition. Some babies even develop plagiocephaly
before birth if they are positioned against the mother’s
pelvic bone or when space is limited due to being a
twin or multiple.
“The good news is plagiocephaly does not affect
a child’s brain development or cause brain damage,”
Stambaugh said. “When therapy is started as early as
possible, the prognosis is excellent.”
Parents should remember that babies always need
to be placed on their backs to sleep to help prevent
sudden infant death syndrome. To prevent the baby
from getting a flat spot on the back of the head, be
sure baby gets lots of time outside of the crib and
stimulation to strengthen muscles, especially tummy
time, according to Stambaugh.
–Jennifer Reynolds
When ovarian cancer
strikes too young
ven at age 17, Mary Clay was wise beyond her years.
When girls her age were struggling to understand
their changing bodies, hers was telling her
something just wasn’t right. And she listened.
“I missed my period for about three months over
the summer of 2005,” Clay said. “I was at camp and
didn’t think much of it at first.”
She also noticed she was urinating more frequently and was
tired a lot. Then she passed out while playing field hockey.
Even though her symptoms could be explained away, things
just weren’t adding up. Deep down Clay knew something was
wrong. She urged her mom to take her to the doctor.
Clay’s pediatrician felt a mass in her abdomen and sent her
for tests that showed something abnormal with her left ovary.
Becoming worried, the Clays reached out to a longtime family
friend who happened to be a pediatric gynecologist.
That physician was Paige Hertweck, M.D., with
Kosair Children’s Pediatric Gynecologists, a specialty practice
that cares for children and teens with conditions affecting their
reproductive organs.
“Dr. Hertweck told me to stop playing field hockey,” Clay
said. “She also told me I needed surgery. I was devastated …
about the field hockey! At that time, I was being recruited for a
Division 1 college team.”
Clay underwent a six-hour surgery to remove her left ovary,
fallopian tube and attached tumor, which tested positive
for cancer, meaning some of Clay’s lymph nodes and tissue
surrounding the tumor also had to be removed.
“Mary had a Sertoli-Leydig cell tumor, Grade A – a very rare
form of ovarian cancer that had grown very fast,” Dr. Hertweck
said. “Typically, the tumors we see in teens are benign. Benign
tumors are not cancerous, but they tend to grow large and can
twist the ovary and cut off blood supply.”
“I was lucky the cancer was caught early and hadn’t spread
anywhere else,” Clay said. “If the tumor had ruptured, such as
from physical exertion playing field hockey, the outcome may
have been a lot different.”
Today, at age 23, Clay has passed the five-year cancer-free
milestone and could teach a lot about life thanks to what she
has learned along her journey. Some of those lessons she passes
on to students she teaches at Kentucky Country Day, the school
she attended when she was diagnosed.
“I credit cancer with ‘loosening me up,’” she said. “I used to
be a type A student – I had to get straight A’s, make my parents
happy, make my teachers happy. After cancer, I realized there is
no point in being perfect all the time. When I went to college,
I made a conscious effort to get to know as many people
as possible; I spent time having conversations rather than
obsessing about my GPA. I’m not sure I would have done
that had I not had cancer.”
Clay says there isn’t a day that goes by when she doesn’t
think about cancer.
“It is part of my story, and it helped me realize everyone
has a story,” she said. “Realizing that each person’s story is
unique, and often uncontrollable, helped me to appreciate
each person in my life. This realization also prompted me
to become an English teacher; I love stories!”
When should teens see a
Dr. Hertweck says while Clay’s tumor was a rare case,
there’s an important message in her story: paying attention
to menstrual changes.
“Women of any age should use their menstrual cycle as
a vital sign,” Dr. Hertweck said. “If there is a change in it,
it can be an indicator that something else is going on – and
not necessarily with the reproductive organs.”
Menstrual changes can be a sign of reproductive issues
as well as diabetes, thyroid conditions, blood disorders,
extreme stress and more.
“Girls should have a period at least every 90 days even
during their first year of menstruating,” Dr. Hertweck
said. “The period shouldn’t last more than seven days, and
hygiene products shouldn’t need to be changed more often
than every couple hours. If they need to be changed more
often, something may be wrong.”
The American Congress of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists recommends a “well girl reproductive visit”
with a pediatric gynecologist some time between age 13
and 15, and annually after that.
“This is a good time to ensure teens are healthy from a
holistic standpoint,” Dr. Hertweck said. “It’s common for teens
to experience abdominal pain, painful periods and bleeding
problems, so these can be addressed early on; but we also screen
for things like mental health issues, sexuality, substance abuse
and sleep habits at this time.”
–Jennifer Reynolds
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Mary Clay teaches her eighth-grade English class at Kentucky Country Day School.
About Kosair Children’s Gynecology Specialists
Paige Hertweck, M.D., Meredith Loveless, M.D., Jennie L. Yoost, M.D., and Carole R. Boudreau, APRN,
make up the specially trained pediatric gynecology team with Kosair Children’s Gynecology Specialists.
Caring for children and teens in our community for more than 20 years, they are another great reason
why Kosair Children’s Hospital is such a special place for specialty pediatric care. The Kosair Children’s
Gynecology Specialists office is located a block away from Kosair Children’s Hospital in downtown
Louisville, in the Gray Street Medical Building, Suite 600, 210 E. Gray St. The office phone number
is (502) 629-3730.
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was 5 years old when my parents were told I had cancer. They got
the news at 2 a.m. in the emergency department at Kosair Children’s
Hospital. It was a double whammy – learning about my tumor and
being told it was most likely cancer.
The next day a pediatric oncologist, a doctor who specializes in
treating kids with cancer, confirmed that the kind of tumor I had was
most likely malignant. I’m glad I didn’t know what that meant at the
The biopsy results showed that my tumor was “not typical.” Ten days
later, my parents were told that I had desmoplastic small round cell
cancer, a very rare and usually fatal condition.
I started chemotherapy right away. Each treatment meant I’d be
staying at Kosair Children’s Hospital for a few days. Mom and Dad
remember how special the staff made me feel. Mom remembers how
much I loved the play room and my visits from the child life therapists.
I had six rounds of high-dose chemotherapy, one round every three
weeks, which made my hair fall out.
After the chemotherapy, I had surgery to remove my tumor and
found out it was not desmoplastic small round cell cancer. It was
atypical Wilms’ tumor, a rare type of cancer that can affect one or both
kidneys. In my case, my cancer was stage 3, which meant it had not
spread beyond one kidney. After my surgery I had radiation therapy to
make sure all the cancer was gone.
I am now an active 13-year-old eighth-grader who is thankful to be
in remission from cancer. I enjoy jazz, ballet, tap dancing, ice skating
and playing the piano.
These days my mom, my dad and my younger brother, Alex, like to
join me in helping other kids at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Mom and I
help with the American Girl Fashion Show fundraisers to support the
hospital, and my Girl Scout troop also has donated toys to Jarrett’s Joy
Cart several times.
I’m not grateful for the cancer, but I am grateful for the many lessons
my cancer and remission have taught me.
–Claire Feller
Caring for kids with cancer
Claire Feller of Louisville, Ky.
More than 80 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the
Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital (see
page 10). A member of the Children’s Oncology Group, the National
Cancer Institute and the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on
Cancer, Kosair Children’s has access to highly advanced cancer research
and treatment during the earliest stages of the disease.
“Claire’s cancer was a type that is highly treatable,” said Alexandra
Cheerva, pediatric oncologist. “A multidisciplinary approach to her
treatment helped her enter remission and grow into the remarkable
young lady she is today.”
In conjunction with Norton Cancer Institute, pediatric specialists
also have access to the latest radiation technologies in a new radiation
center in downtown Louisville, just a block away from Kosair Children’s
Hospital. The pediatric section of the facility was designed “Just for
Kids” and modeled after other highly successful cancer radiation
To support cancer treatment at Kosair Children’s Hospital, visit or call the Children’s Hospital
Foundation at (502) 629-8060.
hen Nicole and Harold Thompson of
Louisville, Ky., found out they were expecting
their first child, they were overjoyed. What they were not
expecting, though, was their baby coming 3½ months early.
Due to a preterm premature rupture of membranes (PROM),
Nicole delivered tiny 1 pound, 14 ounce Harold Lee Thompson
III, nicknamed Trey, at just 26 weeks.
Preterm PROM occurs when the amniotic sac breaks before
the 37th week of pregnancy. PROM only happens in about
2 percent of all pregnancies, after which the baby usually is
born within a week. The chance of survival for these babies is
very low, and for Nicole, there were no prior warning signs or
symptoms – just what she describes as excruciating stomach
pains almost immediately before the early onset of labor.
“Babies born before 25 weeks are at high risk of facing a
lifetime of potential health conditions,” said Jonathan Cohen,
M.D., neonatologist, Kosair Children’s Neonatal Specialists.
“Obviously, the closer to term a baby can stay in the womb, the
higher the chance of survival.”
Trey’s premature arrival meant that he would have a long
stay in the NICU as he fought an array of health complications.
Trey’s lungs had not yet matured, so he was unable to breathe
on his own, nor could he feed on his own. He was on a
ventilator for two days and had three blood transfusions. He
wasn’t able to regulate his body temperature, and his heart
and brain needed continuous monitoring to ensure they were
functioning properly.
But Trey proved he was a fighter. The NICU’s
team of neonatal specialists and nurses has been
by his side since his birth. Trey is just one of
the many babies who have been cared for at the
NICU, and he is one of the many babies who
soon will be healthy enough to go home.
babies home
“Our goal is to help get babies to at least 4 pounds
and ensure they can maintain a normal temperature, breathe on
their own and take a bottle. Once they reach those milestones,
they are generally ready to go home,” said Dan Stewart, M.D.,
neonatologist and director of nurseries at Kosair Children’s
Hospital and professor of pediatrics at the University of
Louisville School of Medicine.
Nicole and Harold couldn’t be more grateful for this expert
care they are receiving.
“Everyone in the NICU is great,” Nicole said. “I’m here
everyday, and I get to be involved in Trey’s care and hold him
all the time.”
While Trey is still in the NICU as of this printing, he is
making remarkable progress. He is feeding, growing and
gaining weight – now up to 4 pounds, 11 ounces. He is still on
steroids to help his lung development, but he has already taken
his first bottle.
Thanks to the advanced care available and the dedicated
NICU staff, Trey is on his way to a full recovery.
–Sara Rashid
You can help bring more babies home
To learn more about the NICU at Kosair Children’s, visit If you’d like to help support the NICU
and related initiatives to help premature and medically fragile
babies grow healthy and strong, visit the Children’s Hospital
Foundation website at
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Helping bring the
Plann d Giving
Family’s $3 million estate gift will touch thousands
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Addison Jo Blair was 2½ years old when she was diagnosed
with stage 4 neuroblastoma on Dec. 28, 2010. Neuroblastoma
is a deadly pediatric cancer that produces tumors within the
body and tumor cells within the bone marrow. Addison’s tumor
stretched from her neck to her abdomen on both sides of her
spine. Oncologists at Kosair Children’s Hospital indicated
that Addison had the largest neuroblastoma tumor they had
ever seen. Over the next five months, Addison underwent
chemotherapy treatments, surgery and stem cell transplants
at Kosair Children’s Hospital. She died in the hospital, in her
parents’ arms, on May 27, 2011.
“Addison loved Kosair Children’s Hospital and called it
‘her hospital,’” said Wes Blair, Addison’s dad. “The entire staff
became our extended family during those five months Addison
battled this horrible cancer. They laughed with us on good
days, cried with us on bad days and cheered with us when we
would get good results.”
“We feel that because Addison loved Kosair Children’s
Hospital so much and was so proud of ‘her floor,’ which was
the pediatric cancer unit, we wanted to give back all we can to
this wonderful place,” said Kelly Blair, Addison’s mom.
Wes teaches history and is the assistant football coach at
Central Hardin High School in Cecilia, Ky. Kelly teaches third
grade at Lakewood Elementary School in Cecilia.
With a $3 million gift the Addison Jo Blair Foundation,
combined with an irrevocable estate intention from Wes and
Kelly, the cancer care areas at Kosair Children’s will see some
changes. The first is its renaming as the Addison Jo Blair
Cancer Care Center. The second is a $500,000 renovation that
will include new finishes and furnishings incorporating the
Louisville skyline and the theme of flight. These symbols are
important to the Blair family, as Addison loved to watch the city
skyline and planes flying in and out of Louisville International
Airport on her many trips to Kosair Children’s Hospital.
Photo provided by the Blair family
Addison Jo Blair’s parents, Wes and Kelly Blair
Addison Jo Blair
How you can help
For information on making an estate gift to support the
work at Kosair Children’s Hospital for years to come, contact
Eric Seto, director of major gifts and planned giving, at
(502) 629-8060 or [email protected], or
Car giv r Spotlight
Nurse improves care for kids and colleagues
Jaime Walker, R.N., has been described as a “true nurse.”
“A patient advocate.” “Nursing is in her heart and soul.”
You might say that describes many nurses at Kosair Children’s
Hospital. But Walker’s passion for caring for kids and caring
for other nurses makes her stand out.
I felt the call to work in pediatrics when I
first interviewed at Kosair Children’s for an
ancillary staff position. I was so impressed
that I knew this is where I needed to be.”
–Jaime Walker, R.N.
Walker has worked at Kosair Children’s Hospital for eight
years, four as a registered nurse on the medical/surgical unit.
She was drawn to pediatric nursing because she wanted to work
in an area where patients needed a strong advocate.
“To me, that included children and senior adults,”
Walker said. “I felt the call to work in pediatrics when I first
interviewed at Kosair Children’s for an ancillary staff position. I
was so impressed that I knew this is where I needed to be.”
Not only is Walker an advocate for her small patients, but for
her co-workers as well. As a member of the hospital’s Patient
Care Council, Practice Council and Unit-based Council, Walker
works to perfect the way care is provided and to create solutions
to common nursing challenges.
“The councils allow the opportunity to share opinions and
expertise. It’s an opportunity to share nursing care experiences
and learn new ways to provide care with excellence,” Walker
said. “Committee work is much like putting together pieces
of a puzzle – nurses from different units come together to
make changes and build strong initiatives. It allows you to see
different perspectives to common problems.”
In addition, Walker is doing important research work on
PEWS, or Pediatric Early Warning Score, a tool to help detect
early on when a child’s medical condition is deteriorating.
“PEWS can allow medical staff to detect signs of deterioration
up to 11 hours prior to a life-threatening event,” Walker said.
“By having an early warning system, we can take steps to keep a
child stable and potentially avoid a life-threatening event.”
Walker relates her passion for research to her interest in
“My love of research is derived from my love of history,
which is fact-based,” Walker said. “When you are looking at the
facts, you are often able to see how each fact relates to the next
and may relate to practices and trends.”
As if Walker weren’t busy enough, she’s also furthering her
nursing education at the University of Louisville.
Although she says the best part of her job is the amazing
patients and families she has the privilege of caring for
every day, she aspires to become an educator within
Kosair Children’s Hospital in the future.
“I would love to educate with nurses,
although I am afraid I would miss my
interactions with the patients and their
families – we will just have to see what is
in store!”
–Jennifer Reynolds
Jaime Walker, R.N., with tiny patient Jacob Leslie
N ws and Not s
Andrew Holland tells 99.7 WDJX disc jockey Sarah Jordan and radiothon
listeners about his experiences at Kosair Children’s Hospital as he battles cancer.
Radiothon listeners help kids
Ariane Smith gets a closer look at one of the many trees for sale at the 2011
Festival of Trees & Lights held in November at Louisville Slugger Field.
Festival of Trees & Lights raises
funds for trauma program
Now in its 22nd year, the Festival of Trees & Lights has
become a tradition for many who want to get in the holiday spirit
while helping the hospital. Thanks to countless hours donated by
volunteers, tree designers, sponsors and supporters, the 2011
Festival of Trees & Lights raised a total of $394,000 for the
Kosair Children’s Hospital trauma program. The event was
presented by Republic Bank and included the Snow Ball,
presented by OfficeWare, as well as the Home and BMW Raffle,
sponsored by Norton Commons and Sam Swope BMW.
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For the past three years, Main Line Broadcasting radio stations
have held a multi-day radiothon to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital.
In November 2011, listeners of 99.7 WDJX, B96.5, Magic 101.3,
102.3 The Max and 105.1 FM Talk contributed $266,000 to
Kosair Children’s Hospital. The radiothon has raised more than
$750,000 since 2009 and is a Children’s Hospital Foundation
program in partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network.
Sponsored by Commonwealth Bank and Trust, the radiothon
was transmitted from the Kosair Children’s Hospital lobby.
Home raffle winners Mechele and Martin Skaggs (front), and sons James and
Matthew (back), take a tour of their new house in Norton Commons with Lynnie
Meyer, executive director, Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Winners announced for Home
and BMW Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Kosair Children’s
Hospital Home and BMW Raffle. Winners were drawn at the Snow
Ball on Nov. 19. Mechele Skaggs of Louisville and her family will
soon move into a beautiful home in Norton Commons valued at more
than $400,000. Karen Sutton, also a Louisville native, won a 2012
Sam Swope BMW 1 Series plus $10,000 cash. T.J. Shaw of
Jeffersonville, Ind., entered the free bonus drawing while visiting a
home open house and won a $10,000 shopping spree from Burdorf’s
Furnishings & Flooring.
Kristy Haggett, D.O., pediatric chief resident, University of Louisville School of
Medicine, and her husband, Tim, are just one of the many couples who enjoyed
great music by Burning Las Vegas at the Snow Ball in November.
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Hospital receives new “Just
for Kids” transport vehicle
Jamie Rhodes Photos
Thanks to a $500,000 donation from Speedway
through the Children’s Miracle Network, the “Just for
Kids” Transport Team now has a new mobile intensive
care unit. The transport team logs more than 3,000
miles in approximately 120 trips a month per
ambulance – a 35 percent increase from last year. The
new, state-of-the-art vehicle features a smooth, quiet
ride, the ability to store important gasses safely inside
the vehicle, a 19-inch drop-down TV with DVD player
and bright colors to make the ride as comfortable as
possible for small patients.
Guests at “Haunted Halls” at Kosair Children’s Medical Center
– Brownsboro in October take a tour of the new state-of-the-art
transport vehicle generously donated by Speedway.
Meijer raises funds for
Kosair Children’s Hospital
Meijer has been a partner with Kosair Children’s
Hospital since 1998 and has raised $116,754 to date
for the Norton Healthcare Foundation and the
Children’s Hospital Foundation, including a
sponsorship of the 2011 American Girl Fashion
Show and the “Just for Kids” Service Learning
Project. This year’s donation supported the 2011
Bike to Beat Cancer and American Girl Fashion
Representatives from Meijer present a $20,000 check to
Kosair Children’s Hospital in support of the 2011 Bike to Beat
Cancer and American Girl Fashion Show.
Walmart announces $1 million gift
Walmart has committed $1 million in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s efforts to raise funds for an
expansion of the Kosair Children’s Hospital trauma program. The trauma center offers state-of-the-art, specialized care and
surgical expertise to more than 1,000 children a year who arrive at the hospital with complex injuries, such as accidental
and nonaccidental blunt trauma; penetrating injuries, like gunshot wounds, crush injuries and musculoskeletal and spine
injuries; and closed head and traumatic brain injuries. The hospital’s trauma specialists also care for victims of child abuse.
Tribut Gifts
Children’s Hospital Foundation
Gifts to the Children’s Hospital Foundation benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital
The following individuals
were recognized through
tribute gifts to the Children’s
Hospital Foundation, June 16
to Dec. 31, 2011
R.J. Adams
Gayla Adams
Bailey & Emily Allen
Wanda Dorman
Alexis Almond
Jennifer S. Buhl
Harper Brealynn Anthony
Heather Benham
Elaine Childress
Cynthia Helmburg
Linda Henderson
Crystal Houchens
Savanna Huff
Amy Moore
Tami Russell
Emma Southee
Audrey Arnett
Rondal C. & Patty Wilson
Emily Bach
Rodney A. & Sue Rodgers
Nancy S. Baker
Home Services Lending
Kelly Byrne Lee
Joseph Bergamini
JoAnn Santos
Lauren Blakemore
Greg T. & Karen S. Blakemore
Ethan Mathew Braun
David L. & Susan J. Ricke
Abby & Logan Brock
E.C. Logsdon
Katie Calvert
Theresa A. Morris
Rebecca Carney
Adath Jeshurun Congregation
Jay M. & Mona B. Brodsky
Thomas P. & Ellen S. Burnet
David M. Carney
Marilyn Beth Carney
Mitchell A. & Barbara Charney
Barry J. Christensen
William Miles & Dora B. Esakov
Stuart S. Goldberg
Noah, Alanna & Jonah Grossman
Miss Emma Hill
Gregory & Jan Jay
Craig & Abby Kamen
Robert A. & Marjorie B. Kohn
Michael D. & Margie M. Kommor
Sylvia M. Kozlove
Lois Marcus
Michael S. & Julie Sabes
Sheldon & Linda Schak
Frank J. Schwartz
Robert B. & Deborah K. Slosberg
Rosalyn Slyn
Gregory E. & Julie W. Strull
Sue Caswell
Joe & Frankie Saltsman
All of the Children
Laymon Logsdon
Eleanor C. Wilkerson
Debbi Cissell
Norman & Anna J. Risen
Edwin L. Cohen
Dr. & Mrs. Richard S. Wolf
Mary Copeland
Mary Joanne & Raymond L. Pfeiffer Jr.
Erin Hope Hill
Robert L. Schultz
Alfonso Cornish & Tom Farley
EIGL Consulting LLC
Nick & Preston Hill
Catherine T. Hill
Jody Cotter
Catherine Jo & J. Anthony Cotter Jr.
Elmer & Donna Hinkle
Brenda J. & Max V. Froelich Jr.
Russ & Kathy Cox
Susan Ward
Keith & Susan Horne
Rob & Robin Lapsley
Tony Cox
Richard N. Penick
Owen Robert Horton
Robert L. & Melissa G. Horton
Brendon Daunhauer
Melissa & William J. Daunhauer Sr.
Erin Howard
William D. & Mary S. Mahoney
Joshua Davis
Ward G. & Susan K. Davis
Billy Hultz
Robert H. Adams
Harold Dennis Sr.
Radcliff Middle School
Herbert Hunter
Mary Ann Hunter
George & Luke Digenis
Marilyn C. Sexton
A. Keith Inman
Jackie R. Keating
Laurel Dortch
Charles E. & Frances M. Scholtz
Onnika Johnson
Gerald L. & Marilyn Bott
Justin Grant Drexler
Anne E. & Thomas M. Drexler Sr.
Otis Austen Johnson
Kim & John M. Shaver III
Jon & Adrienne Dubins
Larry, Vanessa & Lucas Jones
Kaitlyn, Caleb, Cassie & David
Ishmael W. & Sharon K. Stevens
Thomas E. Dunbar
Laura J. Dunbar
John M. Karibo
William J. & Barbara J. Meany
Ann Edwards
Mary Joanne & Raymond L. Pfeiffer Jr.
Logan Keating
Frances E. Marks
Gary England
Leslie L. Erena
Shelley Kidder
Ivan J. Schell
Elise Essig
Sidney A. Winer
Michelle & Jenny Lee King
Alvin W. & Etha M. King
Mary E. Fallat, M.D.
Mary Marlene Wolf
Bill & Susie Kirtland
Edward Anthony & Myrna Craver
Claire Feller
Steven & Suzanne D. Feller
Larry & Judy Klein
Dr. & Mrs. Richard S. Wolf
William J. Fenton
Ann M. Jirkovsky & William E. Fenton
Wyatt Lesher
Amanda Lesher
Dustin Gast
John L. Frankrone
Ashley Long
John W. & Marie A. Carnes
Penny Gold
John B. & Bonnie Roth
Louisville Metro Fire Department
Engine 20
Amelia Johanna Mudd
Barbara Good
Lisa Good
Bob & Judy Goodwin
Paul & Julie Morgan
Emaleigh Elizabeth Rebekah Gowen
Donald & Joyce Caudill
Great Grandchildren
Mary Louise Adams
Ross Taylor Hall
Lucy B. Geoghegan
Nya Hammons
Shirley Henshaw
Bruce & Sue Hayes
Andrea Morrison
Lindsey Marie Hayes
David Earl & Beverly Hayes
Joshua Davis Haynes
Barbara J. Miller
Joelle Herndon
Kevani Nelson
Hickory House BBQ & Catering
Amy Johnson
Frederick A. Higdon
Connie T. Mattingly
Tributes make wonderful gifts for special occasions, such as:
• In recognition of someone’s anniversary or marriage
• In honor of a birthday, promotion or other event
• In recognition of the birth of a baby
Stan & Trish Lounsbury
Allan E. & Naomi Handmaker
Sean Maguire, M.D.
Marilyn C. Sexton
Adlee Faith Manion
Adlee D. VanMeter
Son of Leigh Marshall
Big Spring 9 Hole Golf Group
Elizabeth Sanders Martin
Betsy M. Sanders
Tyler Robert Mason
Bruce R. & Ruth V. Cline
Gary R. & Susan G. Pyles
Thomas David Moore & Serena Joy
Joseph P. & Peggy S. Ferraro
Thomas M. Moriarty, M.D., Ph.D.
The Robert W. Rounsavall Jr. Family
Foundation Inc.
Breanna Rose Morris
Dennis & Frances Morris
Camron R. Morrissey
Jill E. & Thomas V. Morrissey III
Hirikati Nagaraj, M.D.
Loretta T. Shearer, M.D.
Dave Osborne
Nitro Securities
Jack & Margaret Ostwalt
Rita C. Ostwalt-Whitfield
Partners at Surgical Specialists
Stephen K. & Denise Vaught
Pediatric Anaesthesia Associates
Tamara G. Crews
Pediatric Critical Care Doctors
Mary Lu Schooler
Kristin Stewart
Frank R. & Patricia A. Stewart
Macie Layne Stone
Lynnville Community Church
Jan Sullivan, M.D.
Howard & Shane Shaps
Joey Sullivan
Barbara Ann Carrillo
Terry W. Summers
Connie R. Summers
Maxine Switow
Dr. & Mrs. Richard S. Wolf
Virginia L. “Ginny” Taber
Lewis S. Taber
Gabriel & Baylee Tucker
Thomas R. & Phyllis A. Tucker
Kelly Varvitsiotis, M.D.
John D. Rumisek
The Veatch Family
Robbie & Karen V. Jury
Publishers Printing
Marvin Joshua “M.J.” Wafford
Charline Akins
Mark L. & Anna Akins
Roger & Becki Benfield
Tom & Christy Bennett
Margaret W. Bridgers
Richard G. & Sylvia G. Eubank
Stephen Pollard & Family
Cathrine L. & Frank R. Fain III
Duncan & Darcy Morel
Kent & Gwendolyn L. Fowler
Eric C. & Tammy R. Fraley
Gary A. Powell
Sharron L. Johnson
Jeremy A. Powell
Paul C. & Shirley Strader Lawson
Ricky Paul & Cynthia R. Linder
Lynne Priest
Ivan L. & Angeleta L. Miller
Jenny Oyler
Scott & Kim Muncy
Kristin Pullen
Daniel R. & Ricki M. Nelson
Robert L. & Valerie B. Pullen
Timothy L. & Sandra J. Nobles
James R. Ritchie
Mr. & Mrs. William Roof
Mary E. Sumner
Mary Joanne & Raymond L. Pfeiffer Jr.
Jeff & Carrie Wafford
Stanley E. & Rosemary F. Wafford
Griffin Rose
Michael I. & Mary Ann Warren
Paul D. Jones & Andrea M. Rose
Stephen E. & Carla Wiedmar
Hunt Rounsavall
Elroy & Kathy Willis
J. David & Marlene Grissom
Elizabeth D. Wilson
James B. & Julie Griffin Zoeller
Sean Rowe
Cheryl Plain
Roberta Moberley Dickson
John C. & Lee Hancock
Mary Julia & Forrest S. Kuhn Jr.
Kathryn M. Stewart
Marilyn K. Bientz
Owen Ruscoe
Connie L. Kemple
Carly Jo Ryan
William F. & Mildred L. Schaftlein
Joe Saltsman Jr.
Joe & Frankie Saltsman
Joe & Gina Saltsman
Joe & Frankie Saltsman
Logan Welby Shearer
Austin & Molly Tyler
Valerie Carol Shields
Jackie Shields
Michael C. Shipley
Charles Shipley
Jacob McDonald
Michael R. & Teresa Loughmiller
Clay Skinner
Raymond & Sharon Johnson
Maureen E. Meany
William J. & Barbara J. Meany
Joshua Smith
Faye Webster
Lynnie Meyer
Helena J. Mink
Patrick Addison Sponheimer
Jackie & Dennis Cain
Matt Miller
Karen Ricketts
Robert Spragens Jr.
Matthew Miller & Dani’s Wedding
William P. & Janice T. Snell
Jody T. Walters
Elizabeth A. Stephens
Jerome B. & Betty L. Rash
Mr. & Mrs. Norbert Walther
Mary Joanne & Raymond L. Pfeiffer Jr.
Anita & Shelly Weber
Dr. & Mrs. Richard S. Wolf
Conor H. Wellman
Lois J. Wellman
Eleanor Elizabeth Wells
Earl & Julia Devine
Ashlyn Whalen
Todd Schmiedeler
Lee Wilburn & Julie Tinnell
Leslie H. Smart
Titus Williams
Brittney Carl
Audrey Wilson
Mary E. Brown
Ty Graham Wilson
Dorothy Graham
Dr. & Mrs. Richard S. Wolf
Allan E. & Naomi Handmaker
Seanna Woods
Ben F. & Karen Pennington
Jaycee Young
Joey & Martha Hodge
Samuel J. & Barbara E. Roubik
Herman D. & Virginia W. Tolbert
To make a tribute gift, return the envelope enclosed in this issue of Cart Wheels or visit
You also may contact the Children’s Hospital Foundation at (502) 629-8060. The Children’s Hospital Foundation is the
philanthropic entity of Kosair Children’s Hospital.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation also receives many memorial gifts. For a list, visit and type “memorial” in the search box.
Efforts have been made to include all tribute gifts. If a name was overlooked or printed incorrectly, please accept our apologies. You are invited to contact us to correct
the error: Children’s Hospital Foundation, 234 E. Gray St., Suite 450, Louisville, KY 40202, (502) 629-8060 or [email protected].
Upcoming Ev nts
For more information on events listed below, call (502) 629-KIDS or visit
Now through
April 28
2 to 3
Sign up to run or walk for kids in the
April 28 Kentucky Derby Festival
Marathon/miniMarathon. Join the
Kosair Children’s Hospital “Just for
Kids” team and get training assistance
and other perks while you raise money
for Kosair Children’s Hospital.
William J. Ehrig
Civic Volunteer
Retired Senior Director, Government Relations
Yum! Brands Inc.
University of Louisville Dance
Marathon, sponsored by Chili’s Grill
Terrian C. Barnes
Civic Volunteer
Retired Chief Diversity Officer
Yum! Brands Inc.
& Bar, at the Frazier History Museum.
Free children’s activities March 3,
10 a.m. to noon.
Hwang’s Martial Arts
Spring Charity Expo, benefiting
Kosair Children’s Hospital, 2 to 5 p.m.,
Kentucky International Convention
Center. Features martial arts
demonstrations, children’s activities
and giveaways as well as the year’s
only public demonstration by Master
Hwang. Tickets: $5 for adults; $3 for
children in advance; or $7 and $5 at
the door.
Children’s Hospital Foundation
Golf Outing, Lake Forest Country
Club and Persimmon Ridge Golf
Club. Team spaces and sponsorships
Marriott Oaks Bourbon Brunch,
8 to 10:30 a.m., Louisville Marriott
Downtown, featuring bourbon-infused
and traditional Kentucky dishes
prepared by a celebrity chef. Tickets:
$150 per person; $1,500 for a table
of 10; $2,000 for a VIP table.
You’re invited …
A Taste of Corbett’s
Benefiting Kosair Children’s Hospital
e Beck Family
KY 40202
4/11 FDN-4439
4/14/11 3:39 PM
Tickets go on sale for Bourbon &
Bowties, June 14 at Corbett’s: An
American Place, an event featuring an
evening of gourmet hors d’oeuvres
from Louisville’s top chefs, music and
a silent auction. Tickets are $125 per
person or $300 for a special “back of
the house” tour package.
Vice Chair
Doug York, CPA
President, Rodefer Moss & Co. PLLC
Hoyt Almond
Community Bank President, BB&T
Shana Bailey
Director of Operations, Indiana &
Northern Kentucky, Walmart
Sarah Barker Brown
Civic Volunteer
David Burianek
Director of Medicare Service Operations, Humana Inc.
Jackie Cain
President, TWIGS of Kosair Children’s Hospital
Jonathan E. Dubins
Pilot, UPS
Bruce Dudley
Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP
Robert D. Evans
Project Manager, Actus Lend Lease
Amy Garlove, M.D.
Pediatrician, Children’s Health PLLC
Heather Hart
Civic Volunteer
Keith Johnson
President & CEO, First Federal Savings Bank
Karen L. Keith
Attorney, McMasters Keith Inc.
Jim Lacy
Chief Financial Officer & Counsel, ZirMed
Dana Bynum Mayton
Vice President, Government Relations
University of Louisville
Wayne Mortenson, DMD
President & Owner, Mortenson Family Dental
Nicole Moseley, APRN
Civic Volunteer
Paul Oberst
Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
Tonii Rizzo
Senior Vice President, Abel Construction
Linda Roberts
President, Kosair Children’s Hospital Auxiliary
G. Hunt Rounsavall Jr.
Attorney, Rounsavall Title Group
Cindi Shrader
Financial Planner, MET Financial
Eddie Smith
Regional Vice President of Restaurant Operations
White Castle
Peter Tevebaugh
Director of Finance, Mytex Polymers
Debbie Ward
Team Leader, Serve Ministry
Southeast Christian Church
Marita Willis
Vice President of Community Development, PNC Bank
Richard S. Wolf, M.D.
Retired Medical Director, Kosair Children’s Hospital
Thomas D. Kmetz
President, Kosair Children’s Hospital
The Rev. Ronald C. Oliver, Ph.D., BCC
System Vice President, Mission and Outreach
Norton Healthcare
Lynnie Meyer, MSN, R.N., CFRE
Executive Director
Children’s Hospital Foundation
Providing care
that’s “Just for Kids”
Kosair Children’s Hospital is Kentucky’s
only full-service, free-standing pediatric
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Norton Healthcare
P.O. Box 35070
Louisville, KY 40232-5070
care facility dedicated exclusively to
caring for children and is an advocate
for the health, safety and well-being of
all children. The 263-bed hospital, which
also serves as the primary pediatric
teaching facility for the University of
Louisville School of Medicine Department
of Pediatrics, maintains an unwavering
dedication to the children of this
community and the region. To learn
more about the programs and services
offered through Kosair Children’s Hospital,
The Children’s Hospital Foundation is
the philanthropic arm of Kosair Children’s
Hospital with a mission to raise awareness
and funds to support lifesaving equipment,
research, clinical care, education,
advocacy and state-of-the-art facilities.
For more information about charitable
contributions that help children, call
(502) 629-8060 or (800) 444-2523 or visit
To learn more about volunteer
opportunities at Kosair Children’s Hospital,
call (502) 629-6122.
Spring 2012
A quarterly publication of Kosair Children’s
Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Foundation
Contact us at:
Kosair Children’s Hospital information line
(502) 629-KIDS • (855) KCH-KIDS
Children’s Hospital Foundation
(502) 629-8060 • (800) 444-2523
Managing editors -Michelle Robey and
Maggie Skibba Roetker
Medical adviser - Stephen Wright, M.D.
Creative director - David Miller
Designer - Mary Lou Fitzer
Copy editor - Jen Reynolds
This is Dr. Lucinda Thurman Wright, pediatric cardiologist, sharing a special
moment with one of her patients, Mattox. Their relationship will continue
long into the future because Dr. Wright not only provides a commitment to
care, but also a commitment to her patients that lasts a lifetime. It’s what makes
Kosair Children’s Hospital such a special place for specialty pediatric care.
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