LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kosair Children's Hospital has a new name: Norton Children's Hospital. 

Officials with Norton Healthcare announced the new name at a news conference Wednesday morning. 

Kosair Charities and Norton Healthcare officially split up in August after the two parties settled a two-year lawsuit. The Kosair name will be removed and replaced with the new name by Nov. 10. 

The names of other Norton Healthcare entities serving children will change as well, including  Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital (in St. Matthews), Norton Children’s Medical Center and Norton Children’s Medical Associates (physician practices).

"We’ve had several names for children’s services over the years, but our commitment to children has always been what drives us,” said Thomas D. Kmetz, division president of women’s and children’s services. “Years ago, the hospital was known as Norton-Children’s Hospital, and we were pleased to learn through our research that that name still resonates with the community. 

“Our name may be changing, but the same caregivers and caring our patients and families have come to know and expect are still here, and will be for many years to come.”

Kosair Charities' annual contributions for the children's hospital will be transferred to a separate endowment that will continue to fund 100 percent of the cost of charity care.

Norton Children's will have to find a new way to raise the five to six million dollars per year that Kosair Charities has donated in the past. 

Norton Children's is the only freestanding children's hospital in Kentucky. 

"I hope I never have to bring any more of my children here, but if I have to, I know they're going to get the best care possible. And I'm completely comfortable and excited about their future," mother of a Kosair Children's Hospital patient, Nicole Melloan said. 


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