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Flaget Memorial Hospital Names Nurses Station after Retired President
Event on April 20 fuels Project Hope, a $1.1 million project

Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, will honor former hospital president Sue Downs by dedicating a nurses station in the Cancer Center the “Sue Downs Nurses Station.” Downs retired in 2016 after 20 years at the hospital and 44 years in health care.

This dedication event supports a $1.1 million undertaking called Project Hope, which will help renovate the Cancer Center at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Project Hope will add three more infusion rooms and a pharmacy to the existing space, and bring 3-D mammography to Flaget.

Sue Downs Nurses Station Dedication

Thursday, April 20
4:00 p.m.

Flaget Memorial Hospital
Cancer Center
4359 New Shepherdsville Rd
Bardstown, KY 40004

•      Rick Vancise, interim executive site lead, Flaget Memorial Hospital
•      Shane Fitzgerald, vice president of mission, KentuckyOne Health
•      Leslie Buddeke Smart, division vice president of development, KentuckyOne Health
•      Sue and Ron Downs, Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation Donors

Sue Downs, a Boston resident, has achieved numerous accolades for Flaget Memorial Hospital under her leadership, including being named the only hospital in Kentucky as one of the “Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals” by iVantage Health Analytics.

Downs was also recognized as one of “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” in Becker’s Hospital Review in 2015. In 2016, Flaget earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. This was funded by the Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation and made possible by generous donations from the community.

Project Hope includes bringing 3-D tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) imaging to Flaget Memorial Hospital, which provides for enhanced detection of early breast cancer. The technology takes multiple X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles with little pressure applied to the breast. This technology provides several more angles than a traditional mammogram. The clear and highly-focused images allow physicians to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. The screening process is also more comfortable for the patient. Project Hope also includes expanding the Cancer Center to have 10 infusion rooms, three more than its current seven, and to have its own pharmacy. For more information on Project Hope, visit

Publish date: 

Friday, April 07, 2017