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Dec. 10, 2012. Louisville, KY.   –KentuckyOne Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider, is the newest corporate sponsor of the 2013 Thunder Over Louisville show, the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies. The addition of KentuckyOne Health to the Thunder sponsorship lineup was announced today at a press conference at the Derby Festival office. Thunder Over Louisville, which features a world-renowned air show and fireworks spectacle, will be held next year on Saturday, April 20.

“KentuckyOne Health is very excited to take part in the fun and grandeur of Thunder Over Louisville,” said Ruth W. Brinkley, President and CEO of KentuckyOne Health. “As the largest healthcare provider in Kentucky, we are pleased to sponsor and support the largest annual event in Kentucky. Our vision for this year’s Thunder is to be a day of fun and healthy activities for Kentucky families. KentuckyOne is committed to inspiring Kentuckians to lead healthier lives all across the state. Through partnerships such as this, we want to connect with citizens, so that together, we can all become a healthier Commonwealth.”

Said Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry: “We are very pleased to have KentuckyOne Health as a sponsor of the Derby Festival’s signature event. It’s been an exciting year for this new company and we welcome them on board as a major supporter of Thunder Over Louisville in 2013. This new sponsorship gives us added momentum as we head into the new year and helps us with the planning for such a massive event.”

KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University Medical Center.  The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with more than 16,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 2,700 licensed beds.

Thunder Over Louisville - the Derby Festival's Opening Ceremonies - is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2013 Thunder Over Louisville is set for Saturday, April 20, and will be the 24th annual production. Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 375 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single-attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

For more information, contact: 
Derby Festival Press Office at (502) 572-3822



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