2016 Doctors’ Ball Raises $243,000 for Pulmonary Rehab Program

The 21st Annual Doctors’ Ball, hosted by the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, helped honor the service of area physicians and community leaders, and raised more than $243,000 for the Pulmonary Rehab Program at Frazier Rehab Institute.

Leslie Buddeke Smart, Robert Waterman, Ronald Levine, MD, and Jennifer Nolan

Leslie Buddeke Smart, Robert Waterman, Ronald Levine, MD, and Jennifer Nolan

More than 600 people attended this year’s event, which was held on October 15, at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. The 2016 Doctors’ Ball recognized some of the area’s most innovative and caring doctors and community leaders including: Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year; George and Mary Lee Fischer, Community Leaders of the Year; Dr. Manuel Grimaldi, Compassionate Physician Award; Dr. Ronald Levine, Excellence in Education Award; Dr. Erica Sutton, Excellence in Community Service Award; and Dr. Charlotte Gay Stites, Humana Physician Excellence in Community Health Award.

Proceeds from this year’s Doctors’ Ball will benefit Frazier Rehab Institute’s Pulmonary Rehab Program, known for its world-class comprehensive acute care. Nearly 30 million people suffer from chronic lung ailments, resulting in weakness, shortness of breath and exhaustion, severely limiting a person’s ability to enjoy an active lifestyle. Frazier Rehab Institute’s Pulmonary Rehab Program serves patients with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, thoracic surgery, post-polio syndrome and other disorders that compromise respiratory function.

The goal of the Pulmonary Rehab Program is to assist patients in realizing functional independence, productivity, social adjustment, and improve their self-esteem. The program is designed to help patients improve their strength, endurance and breathing efficiency.

Plans are underway to help expand and renovate the Pulmonary Rehab Program. This $825,000 project will help accommodate additional patients who need rehabilitation services in the Louisville community, refurbish facilities to provide up-to-date and state-of-the-art equipment to the patients and families served, and grow the capacity to treat patients with pulmonary disease in an outpatient setting.

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation supports the Louisville market of KentuckyOne Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.

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