Norton Healthcare announces $1.2 million commitment to Simmons College

Funds will support educational initiatives, facility improvements and internships

Russell F. Cox, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare, announced today a $1.2 million grant to Simmons College of Kentucky in West Louisville.

Given through Norton Healthcare’s James R. Petersdorf Fund, the grant will help the historically black college with educational and program initiatives. It also will support facility improvements to enhance student and faculty experiences.

“When we announced our $5 million investment in the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center last fall, we made a long-term commitment to the West End, and we’re following through on that promise,” Cox said. “Education is a key component to health and positive change in our community. We’re excited to support Simmons College and its legacy of preparing students for success.”

In addition to the grant, Norton Healthcare intends to build on its commitment to Simmons College by offering students internships and professional opportunities.

“Norton Healthcare has a diverse workforce committed to serving the health care needs of our community,” said Kelly C. McCants, M.D., acting executive director, Norton Healthcare Institute for Health Equity. “We want to support those wishing to pursue a career in health care and give them the tools, skills and experience needed to succeed.”

“Simmons College is an institution dedicated to educating people in the urban context through strong academic and professional programs.  Founded in 1879, it’s one of the oldest private HBCUs in America. These funds will help support our students so they may become agents of change in society,” said Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, president of Simmons College of Kentucky. “We look forward to partnering with Norton Healthcare.”

In June, Norton Healthcare announced five initiatives to address health care and racial inequalities in our community, including investing $20 million over five years to address health needs in underserved areas, such as the West End. The funds are being invested in permanent facilities and equipment in those neighborhoods.

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