Bellarmine University to receive $1.5 million grant from Norton Healthcare’s James R. Petersdorf Fund

Grant will focus on sports health, education and health services for students and staff

Louisville, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2016) – Today, Bellarmine University announced it has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from Norton Healthcare’s James R. Petersdorf Fund. The grant will be disbursed over the course of five years and will offer multiple layers of health care-related support for students as well as faculty and staff.

The grant will be used for:
•Continued support of nursing education in Bellarmine’s Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences
•Enhanced support of student athletes by Norton Sports Health through the Bellarmine Sports Medicine office
•Development of a new learning space for Bellarmine’s Institute for Advanced Analytics
•Expanded access to health services for Bellarmine’s students

“Bellarmine is proud of our substantial, long-term collaboration with Norton Healthcare, as embodied in our Norton Health Science Center, which opened in 2004,” said Doris Tegart, Bellarmine’s interim president. “Norton’s continued generosity is overwhelming. These new funds will have an immediate impact on the health of our students, and a long-term impact on the community’s health, by supporting the talented students we’re educating for future roles as health care leaders throughout Louisville and the region.”

The James R. Petersdorf Fund is named for Norton’s former president and chief executive officer. Petersdorf served Norton Healthcare for more than 24 years. He was named chief executive officer in 1987 and passed away that same year.

“Norton Healthcare and Bellarmine University have partnered together on multiple projects over the past 20 years,” said Russell F. Cox, president, Norton Healthcare. “The additional grant from the James R. Petersdorf Fund over the next five years will expand our partnership around our shared goals of increasing the number of skilled health care workers in this community.”

Over and above the traditional educational support offered through grants of this nature, the funds also will assist with Bellarmine University’s health and wellness initiatives, including an on-site clinic with expanded hours of service; the addition of wellness, education and prevention offerings; access to medical e-visits and tele-visits; and implementation of technology and other resources to assist in coordination of health care needs.

“Norton Healthcare welcomes the opportunity to expand the relationship beyond the classroom and into the everyday health and wellness of faculty and staff as well as students,” Cox said. “We look forward to expanding the Norton Sports Health program to provide sports trainers and medical guidance to all of the university’s athletic teams and a health and wellness clinic for students, faculty and staff.”

About Bellarmine University
Bellarmine University (Louisville, Ky.) is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation’s best colleges and universities. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 4,000 students a year. Bellarmine is emerging as the premier independent Catholic university in the South, and thereby the leading private university in Kentucky and the region.

About Norton Healthcare
For 130 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is a leader in serving adult and pediatric patients throughout Greater Louisville, Southern Indiana, the commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. The hospital and health care system is the Louisville area’s third largest private employer, providing care at more than 210 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with 1,837 licensed beds; seven outpatient centers; 13 Norton Immediate Care Centers; more than 13,000 employees; more than 750 employed medical providers; and approximately 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. In 2015 Norton Healthcare was named by Healthiest Employers as the 11th healthiest place to work in the country. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at

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