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What people are saying about Kosair
told us if it werent
for Kosair Charities, Joshua wouldnt
be with us today.
Maria, mother of a child helped by Kosair Charities
Charities is so wonderful to help children like Elijah. We cant
say enough good things about Kosair Charities.
Hilda, grandmother of a child helped by Kosair Charities
Kosair Charities making this surgery possible, we might have lost our
son. We're very thankful
John, father of a child helped by Kosair Charities
children of this region have no better friend that Kosair Charities,"
Dr. James Ramsey, President of the University of Louisville
the support of Kosair Charities and the Shriners in our community, the
wonderful new Home of the Innocents Village would not have been
Gordon Brown, President & CEO of Home of the Innocents
the last twenty years, Kosair Charities has donated over 90 million
dollars providing healthcare for sick and injured children. Not only
has this been a godsend to thousands of families, but they helped spur
medical and economic development.
Jerry E. Abramson, former Mayor of Louisville Metro
for Kosair Charities and the Shriners, Kosair Childrens
Hospital would not exist.
Richard S. Wolf, M.D., retired Medical Director, Kosair Childrens
Charities drives so many important services, projects and new technology
for kids. This community is unique in that there is not, to my
knowledge, a charity that is as large and as generous and as well
Hank Wagner, former President & CEO, Jewish Hospital Healthcare
support permits Kosair Childrens
Hospital to meet its commitment to treat all kids without concern for
ability to pay.
Doug Eighmey, former Chief Administrative Officer, Kosair Childrens
you, Kosair Charities, and all the members of Kosair Shrine, from all of
us at Kosair Childrens
Hospital and Norton Healthcare, for all you have done
continue to do
Stephen Williams, President & CEO, Norton Healthcare
pledge to continue working to deserve trust and respect. For more than
85 years, we have been the leader in the finding of solutions to the
medical problems of children through research and by helping to provide
world class medical care to thousands of children from hometowns
throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana. Randy Coe, PP, President
of Kosair Charities
Kosair Charities History
(Updated - February 01, 2011)
and Kosair Charities
We are often asked how Kosair Shrine Temple and our
charitable arm Kosair Charities Committee, Inc. support the
medical care of children. We support the Shriners Hospitals
for Children with our time, talent, and treasure. We have
two members of Kosair Shriners serving on the board of the
Shriners Hospital for Children - Lexington Unit. Two of our
Nobles were the chairman of the board of that hospital. One
is currently the Vice Chairman. Our volunteers transport
children at no charge to and from the Shriners hospitals in
Lexington and Cincinnati in our three vans. We have provided
hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct support to the
Lexington hospital as well as hundreds of thousands in
support of the national system. We have one hundred percent
of our membership as Permanent Contributing Members of the
national system. We are the only temple to achieve this
record of support.
Hospitals for Children
Perhaps it is best to begin with a brief review of
Shriners Hospitals for Children. One can then better
understand our unique history and continuing role with
How the Ancient and Accepted Order of
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and its charitable arm the
Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children as it was once
known got involved with the charitable medical care of
children is an interesting history. Noble W. Freeland
Kendrick of Lu Lu Temple in Philadelphia is said to have
visited the Home for the Incurables in Philadelphia "for the
purpose of taking three or four of the little human wrecks
of that institution for an automobile ride." In 1920, Noble
Kendrick subsequently encouraged the national membership
through his office of Imperial Potentate to "inaugurate a
movement among the Shriners of North America for
rehabilitating orphaned, friendless, crippled children."
(The Book of Boumi, p. 173)
Reports from Imperial Council
meetings of the time indicate that St. Louis was expected to
be first chosen for a Shrine Hospital. Ultimately the first
hospital unit was built in Shreveport. That hospital was
established in September, 1922. Other hospitals followed in
Honolulu in 1923; Minneapolis and St. Paul, 1923; San
Francisco, 1923; Portland, 1923; St. Louis, 1924; Montreal,
1925; Springfield, 1925; Chicago, 1926; Philadelphia, 1926;
and Greenville, 1927.
A Shriners Mobile Unit was
established in Lexington, Kentucky on November 1, 1926. The
Shriners Mobile Units were not established as free-standing
hospitals built and owned by the Shriners, but in rented
quarters in existing hospitals.
1920s, members of Kosair Shrine Temple and
other community leaders believed there was
an urgent need to provide medical care to
crippled children in the greater Louisville
region and throughout the state of Kentucky.
They believed a free-standing, specialized
care hospital was necessary.
temple was located in Louisville. Louisville
was the largest metropolitan area in the
state. Louisville had excellent
transportation access relative to other
areas of the state. The only medical college
in the state was in Louisville. Barnett
Owen, M.D., of Louisville was the leading
orthopedic physician in the state. Dr. Owen
was an active member of our temple, taught
at the medical college, and practiced
medicine in Louisville. He believed the
students at the medical college needed
training with crippled children. As Noble
Kendrick led the national effort, Dr. Owen
did in our region. Thus a crippled children
hospital and statewide network of support
came about in Louisville.
article from a 1926 edition of Shrine News tells
about Kosair's New Hospital for Crippled Children,
as well as our various other projects.
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In 1926 Kosair Shrine
Temple opened its own free hospital for crippled children.
The name of the hospital was Kosair Crippled Children
Hospital. The hospital was owned by Kosair Charities
Committee, Inc., aka Kosair Charities, the charitable arm of
Kosair Shrine Temple. The hospital had important
partnerships in caring with the medical college, the
Kentucky Society for Crippled Children, and the Crippled
Children Commission of Kentucky.
Thousands of children
were helped by the wonderful work of doctors such as Barnett
Owen, Kenton Leatherman, Wayne Kotcamp, Charles Hoffman, Jim
Hurt and many others as well as the many medical
professionals and general staff at our hospital.
visited the children including: Bob Hope, Foster Brooks,
Muhammad Ali, William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), the Beach
Boys, Mel Tillis, and many others. It is of interest that
the prize money won by Muhammad Ali in his first
professional fight was donated to Kosair Charities to
benefit our hospital.
By the 1980s the
medical needs of children had changed. The board of
directors of Kosair Charities Committee, Inc. acted on the
advice of the medical community to combine medical services
with another hospital to provide a more full range of care
for children. The other hospital was Childrens Hospital, a
part of what was then known as Norton Infirmary. Childrens
Hospital had its own rich history of service and excellent
care for children regardless of their ability to pay.
A new entity was
created named Kosair Children's Hospital. The hospital
opened in 1986. Imperial Shrine officers attended the
opening ceremonies. The hospital is considered by many to be
one of the best pediatric acute care hospitals in America.
The hospital is not owned by Kosair Charities Committee,
Inc. It is owned by Norton Healthcare. The hospital has a
board of trustees. One of our Nobles serves as a trustee.
Committee, Inc. has provided more than $100,000,000 in
charitable support for the hospital since the 1980s. We have
renewed our relationship by committing to provide an
additional $130 million. The former and current medical
directors, the administrator, and other medical
professionals have publicly said that the hospital would not
exist if it were not for our Kosair Shriners and Kosair
Charities. It is important to note that each member of
Kosair Shrine Temple is also a member of Kosair Charities
Committee, Inc. Thus each Kosair Shriner can be proud of the
medical miracles that occur daily in the hospital.
Kosair Shrine Temple was and is permitted by the Imperial
Council to have such an entity as Kosair Charities
Committee, Inc. Kosair Charities Committee, Inc. is a
separate charitable corporation under the laws of Kentucky.
Interestingly, at one time there were sixteen Shrine Temples
with their own charitable organizations including three with
hospitals. We are the last one.
Our charitable efforts affect the
lives of countless children and their loved ones. Children
from hometowns throughout Kentucky, southern Indiana, and
the nation benefit from the care and compassion found at
Kosair Children's Hospital. Additional children receive
specialized care at the Shriners Hospital Lexington Unit and
the entire Shrine hospital system. Medical research we help
fund at the University of Louisville School of Medicine will
provide care for generations of children yet born. Children
in need of long-term care and without hope of a normal life
have a modern medical facility thanks to our funding of the
new Home of the Innocents, the only such skilled pediatric
care facility in Kentucky.
Our more than $200 million of support since the 1980s of
these efforts as well with other child care initiatives
gives evidence that Kosair Shriners are continuing the
legacy of love and compassion for children that began more
than eighty years ago. We believe any claim we make to being
noble comes from this work we do for others.
Mason; 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason; Knight
Potentate, Kosair Shriners
President, Kosair Charities Committee, Inc.