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Norton Brownsboro Hospital sees need for services in that area

Oil prices fell again Wednesday, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress that troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in no danger of failing.

Investors liked what they heard.

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Ground was broken one year ago, and Wednesday the new Norton Brownsboro Hospital reached its construction peak.

The 298,000 square foot facility is the first new hospital to be built in Louisville in more than 20 years.  The president of the hospital, Douglas Winkelhake, tells Fox 41's Don Schroeder, "I think there is a clear need for health care services in this part of Louisville Metro, in that mainly in response to the growth both in Jefferson County as well as the outlying counties Henry and Oldham."

Winkelhake watched as the topping off nestled into place.  Construction started one year ago.

Plans are for the finished product to open its doors August 26, 2009. Winkelhake says, "The hospital will be a 127-bed hospital, with all private rooms, high-tech state of the art services, very robust surgical services and procedural services, and we're really trying to put patient focused care at the forefront of everything we do."

The hospital is located where I-71, the Gene Snyder, and Highway 22 converge.  Norton expects the location to play a key role in the services it delivers.  Winkelhake says, "We expect most of the patients to be from the area close to the facility.  But again, because of the location, we really expect to see patients from all over the Metro of Louisville area."

The hospital will employ 500 people when it opens next year.

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A Candlewood Suites hotel is coming to southern Indiana.  General Hospitality Services of Nashville is building the development that broke ground Wednesday on the corner of Bales Lane and Broadway in Clarksville.

Candlewood Suites feature extended-stay rates in an apartment environment of one bedroom and studio suites.

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