Story by: Kate Eller on February 25, 2020
Today Norton Healthcare held a celebration to honor the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute team. During the event, local businessman G. Hunt Rounsavall, a long-standing member of the Norton Healthcare board of trustees and major donor to the health system, announced a $1.5 million gift to the Norton Healthcare Foundation from the Robert W. Rounsavall Jr. Family Foundation Inc. The gift will support Norton Heart & Vascular Institute through the creation of the Rounsavall Family Foundation Endowed Chair.
The honor of chair was bestowed on Joseph A. Lash, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of the institute. Hunt presented him with a special lab coat with his new title as Rounsavall Family Foundation endowed chair. Dr. Lash has been practicing cardiology in Louisville for 29 years and has served as medical director of Norton Heart & Vascular Institute since 2011.
“By endowing the chair, it will help to advance even further the team-based and passionate care provided at Norton Heart & Vascular Institute through support of its leadership,” Hunt said. “It’s only fitting to expand upon the great work already being done by recognizing Dr. Lash as chair.”
Norton Heart & Vascular Institute is the area’s leading provider of cardiovascular care, from general cardiology to subspecialty care that includes vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure and interventional cardiology.
The team at Norton Healthcare is committed to helping prevent and treat heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 1 out of 4 deaths in the U. S. is due to heart disease, making it the No. 1 killer of both men and women. Nationally, the rate of heart disease is 324.3 per 100,000 people, while Kentucky is higher at 387.2. Nearly half of all Americans have at least one of the three risk factors for developing heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.
Norton Healthcare continues to expand its heart care services, recently growing and adding programs, including an Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib) Program and an Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program, along with recruiting additional cardiologists and subspecialists to help more patients with heart and vascular disease live their best lives.
Several recent awards and accreditations affirm the quality of care provided by Norton Heart & Vascular Institute:
To maintain a level of excellence in heart and vascular care takes a continued focus on expanding services, implementing the latest in technology and creating spaces that help facilitate care that is focused on the patient.
“Being the health care leader for this community comes with a great responsibility. And that responsibility means continually advancing heart and vascular care, both through the medical care we deliver and easier access to leading medicine,” said Russell F. Cox, Norton Healthcare president and CEO. “This takes an unwavering commitment from our many providers, team members, administrators, board members and community.
“We are truly blessed by the commitment of time and the financial support that Hunt Rounsavall gives to Norton Healthcare in order to help us best serve our patients and their families.”
Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more people for heart and vascular care — about 250,000 every year — than any other provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
Jon Cooper, chief administrative officer for Norton Audubon Hospital, outlined significant changes coming to the heart and vascular program at Norton Audubon Hospital, which include:
“Norton Audubon Hospital has a long history of providing innovative heart care. We are excited to begin our next chapter, which is focused on the hearts of our patients and their families, and continuing on our path of excellence,” Jon said.
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