Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation Completes $25.5 million “A Brighter Future” Campaign


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Louisville, Ky.—The Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation today celebrated the completion of its “A Brighter Future” campaign, raising $25.5 million for facility advancements, advanced clinical research and more. 

The Foundation launched the comprehensive fundraising campaign in 2008 with a goal to raise $24 million to advance its medical mission and create a brighter future for others focused on the following priorities:

  • Creating 21st Century Hospitals
  • Expanding the Neuroscience Center of Excellence
  • Advancing the Heart Care Frontier
  • Strengthening Care for Vulnerable Children
  • Providing Seamless Cancer Care
  • Educating Tomorrow’s Health Caregivers
  • Breaking Down Barriers to Care

The campaign exceeded its original goal to raise $24 million by $1.5 million.

“We are grateful to have the support of so many donors who collectively gave $25.5 million to improve the lives of others,” said Sherri Craig, executive director, Jewish Hospital & St Mary’s Foundation. “More than a century ago, Jewish Hospital and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital were founded in part through charitable fund drives.  That spirit of giving is thriving today.”

The Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation invests in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of health caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.  A few of the projects funded through the campaign include:

  • Leading-edge neuroimaging technology at the Dot Patterson Stroke Center providing rapid diagnosis and treatment to stroke victims.
  • Expansion of the Jewish Hospital Shelbyville emergency department, which added beds and doubled the department’s footprint. The hospital is located in one of the region’s fastest growing areas and serves 19,000 patients each year through its emergency department.
  • Investments in the Trager Transplant Center improve patient experience 
  • Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Central Utility Plant and Sanitary Pumping Station projects protecting the hospital’s operating systems from flood waters.
  • Advancements at the Neuroscience Center of Excellence through the establishment of a Spinal Cord Injury Model System funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
  • Continued development of nationally-recognized research programs through partnership with the University of Louisville School of Medicine 
  • Pulse of Surgery program allowing local schoolchildren to watch heart surgeries live through a partnership with Kentucky Science Center
  • Research into the cause and management of end-stage heart disease at the Cardiovascular Innovation Center
  • A new fleet of vans and more child-friendly amenities at the Kosair Charities Children’s Peace Center 
  • Healthcare Horizons scholarships for education of health professionals 
  • Jewish Diabetes education program in Louisville’s west end and other underserved communities
  • Funding for Upstream to Equity, a partnership with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness to address the root causes of health disparities

”KentuckyOne Health serves more than 1.2 million patients and provides a staggering $151 million in charity care on an annual basis,” said Valinda Rutledge, President of Jewish Hospital and KentuckyOne Health Louisville Market Leader. “The philanthropic support provided through the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation is a critical part of our continued work to improve the health of our community.”

To make a gift to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, visit or call 502.587.4543.

Foundation Board members at the event left to right: Ron Abrams, Madeline Abramson, Don Parkinson, Shannon Benovitz, Tom Hirsch, Jackie Clay, Rose Howard, Stephen Klein (click for larger image)



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