Louisville, Ky. (December 19, 2013)—The Kosair Charities Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health, dedicated its newly renovated and kid-friendly cafeteria today.
The $130,000 project was funded in part by Kosair Charities. Kosair Charities granted $1 million to the to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation in 2011 to fund a variety of projects to help transform Our Lady of Peace into a more kid-friendly facility.
The 3,743 square foot dining space now features a multicolor design (Craftsman Brown, Irish Cream, Harvest Gold and Terra Cotta), wood grain vinyl flooring and entirely new casework, including a steam table, salad bar, beverage and deli areas.
Children at Our Lady of Peace created artwork to decorate the space. Handprint art on canvases was framed and displayed along with a quilt handmade by children at the facility.
The renovated cafeteria is appointed with 25 new tables and 108 chairs. A bench was also constructed along the back wall of the stage.
“The renovation of the cafeteria has truly transformed the space into a fun and welcoming environment,” said Jennifer Nolan, president, Our lady of Peace. “The changes have not only made the area more kid-friendly, but are being enjoyed by our staff and patients. We are so grateful to Kosair Charities for their gift that made this project possible.”
“Kosair Charities has been the children’s best friend for 90 years, said Randy Coe, president, Kosair Charities. “We are honored to assist the largest children’s psychiatric hospital in the State of Kentucky.”
Woodbine Construction served as the contractor on the project, which took 30 days to complete. Bittners designed the kid friendly layout and look of the cafeteria.
The Kosair Charities Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace helps more than 1,500 kids each year. Our Lady of Peace was founded in the 1950s for adults, but as the focus has shifted to children’s care, the facility has taken significant steps to transform the physical facility into a truly child-focused environment. Projects have included new play areas and improved access to existing play spaces.
Our Lady of Peace Center
Our Lady of Peace, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is a private, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital in Louisville, Ky. The hospital was originally founded in 1951 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and is currently operating 261 beds, one of the largest in the nation. The Kosair Charities Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace is the largest and most comprehensive private provider of child/adolescent inpatient psychiatric care in the country. Our Lady of Peace operates a full continuum of psychiatric services for patients from young children to seniors. There are specialty programs for children and adolescents who have complex treatment needs, such as intellectual or developmental disabilities; forensic issues; and/or co-occurring substance abuse. Patients come to Peace from all over Kentucky and the surrounding region, visit www.kentuckyonehealth.org/OurLadyOfPeace.