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Woolridge, Blackwell and Henderson praise Norton Healthcare for announcement for former Dillard's Center

Thursday March 13, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Several members of the Louisville Metro Council are praising the announcement by Norton Healthcare to relocate an existing primary and specialty care physicians practice in the former Dillard’s Center on Dixie Highway.

“This is a great day for the people of Shively and businesses along Dixie Highway,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3. “Many of us have maintained that this area can sustain any kind of economic development and Norton Healthcare has listened.”

Norton Healthcare has also announced it will open an 11th immediate care center in the same location. The company will lease the facility from Shively Center, LCC which will be in charge of renovations for Norton Healthcare.

"I applaud Norton Healthcare for their commitment to provide quality health care services in the south end. I want to thank the developers for their patience in landing such a respectable tenant as well as their willingness to continue working to bring other major tenants to the center," says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D) 12. "We still need restaurants and retail that South West Louisville is clamoring for, but a quality tenant like Norton Healthcare allows the whole project to move forward."

“This announcement is significant,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14.”It shows what many businesses have know for some time, Dixie Highway is just as important to the economy as any part of Metro Louisville.”

Council members have been working to find a replacement business after Dillard’s closed the store in 2007.

Norton’s has estimated that by the end of its first year, the new primary care operation will see some 21,500 visits. Some 7,100 patient visits will be made to the obstetric and gynecologic practice. New Immediate Care Facility visits could reach 10,000

“I have to commend Norton Healthcare for its willingness to invest in this community,” says Woolridge. “This investment will pay off for all of us.”

Sponsors:
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Bob Henderson (D) 14