Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Louisville's Norton Healthcare receives $20 million gift to support Parkinson's disease programming and research

Norton Healthcare
has received a $20 million gift for the "Just Imagine" campaign to support programing and research in Parkinson's disease and movement disorders at the Norton Neuroscience Institute.
The Just Imagine campaign aims to ensure greater access to medical expertise; expand innovative clinical translational research; and recruit, train and attract even more best-in-class specialists.

The gift comes from the estate of Dr. Elizabeth Pahk Cressman, a Louisville anesthesiologist who died in 2021.

“Dr. Cressman’s vision has helped elevate the care for Parkinson’s patients, helping to create a nationally known program through Norton Neuroscience Institute,” Lynnie Meyer, senior vice president and chief development officer of Norton Healthcare, said in a news release. “She also was the catalyst behind funding Parkinson’s disease research that already has helped transform the lives of many patients and families through access to more groundbreaking treatments.”

Cressman worked at what is now Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, while her husband, the late Dr. Frederick K. Cressman, was a pathologist for Norton Healthcare. This latest gift brings Dr. Elizabeth Cressman’s total support of initiatives at Norton to $28 million.

Nearly 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, and that number continues to grow. The movement disorder generally develops in people 55 to 75 with the main symptom being bradykinesia, or slowness of moment. It also can cause tremors and muscle stiffness.

“Parkinson’s disease can be extremely debilitating and, unfortunately, there currently is no cure,”  Dr. Justin T. Phillips, movement-disorders neurologist with Cressman Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center, said in the release. “With Dr. Cressman’s generosity, we are able to build upon the work we already do and offer even more options for patients. She has already had a great impact on people with Parkinson’s in our community, and that will continue for years to come.”

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