Our Mission:

Kosair Charities’ mission is to protect the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana by providing financial support for clinical services, research, pediatric healthcare education, and child advocacy.


Dr. W. Barnett Owen shared a vision for improving the lives of children throughout the Kentuckiana area. A long-time children’s health-care advocate with a strong compassion for children in need and the first orthopedic specialist in Kentucky, he provided the momentum for building the Kosair Crippled Children Hospital.

Management Team:

• Randy Coe, AIF®, President

• Ronald L. Miller, CPA, AIF®, Senior Vice President & CFO

• Theresa Raidy, Senior Vice President of Mission Advancement

• Mike Schneider, Senior Vice President of Facility Management & Planning

• Vicky Weber, Senior Vice President of Business Relations & Marketing

Gifts & Grants:

• $335 million committed since Gifts and Grants program began in 1988.

• Over $114 million donated to Kosair Children’s Hospital since inception, giving Kosair Charities the distinction as one of, if not the largest private benefactors of the hospital.

1930s crippled kids

Kosair Charities® Milestones

1923: Kosair Charities was incorporated.

1926: Kosair Charities Committee opened Kosair Crippled Children Hospital under the leadership of Dr. W. Barnett Owen, the first orthopedic specialist in Kentucky who served as Chief of Staff until his death in 1947.

1934: Kosair Charities added an additional wing that housed 50 new beds.

1939: Kosair Crippled Children Hospital received accredited standing by American Medical Association.

1942: Under Barnett Owen’s supervision, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Leatherman performed the 1st scoliosis operation in Kentucky.

1944: Kosair Crippled Children Hospital introduced innovative polio treatments as the disease reaches a peak.

1951: Cornerstone was laid for the $100,000 Dr. Barnett Owen Memorial Annex at the Kosair Crippled.

Children Hospital and the House of Dreams movie was produced.

1955: National Shrine Hospital Day was observed at Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital.

1960: Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Olympic Gold Medalist, visited the hospital.

1967: Kosair Charities Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine established.

1973: Kosair Crippled Children Hospital joins with the Kentucky Commission for Handicapped Children.

1978: Announcement is made that the Kosair Crippled Children Hospital is considering building a downtown hospital.

1979: Board is appointed to begin exploring merger with Norton Children’s Hospital.

1981: Kosair Charities, with the Norton Healthcare System, created Kosair Children’s Hospital.

1986: Kosair Children’s Hospital opened.

1988: Kosair Charities officially launched the Gifts and Grants program.

1996: Kosair Charities Pediatric Center dedicated at the University of Louisville.

1998: Kosair Charities created Kosair Charities Pediatric Center at Home of the Innocents with $6.25 million grant.

2001: Kosair Charities awarded Jewish Hospital $2.5 million grant to build the Kosair Charities Pediatric Pavilion.

2004: Kosair Charities Pediatric Heart Research Center developed with $5 million grant.

2005: Kosair Charities moves into the remodeled, original Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital.

2007: Kosair Charities announced 20-year $130 million agreement with Kosair Children’s Hospital.

2008: Kosair Charities granted $12 million to the U of L Pediatric Research Center.

2009: Kosair Fellow Dr. Penny Heaton develops a vaccine to save an estimated 500,000 children’s lives. Louisville Central Community Centers receives $1 million to expand child development services, which includes Children’s Health, Education and Arts Center.

  • Kosair Charities Dreams Take Flight Celebration begins by awarding $16 million in gifts and grants and annually touching the lives of over 150,000 children.

2010: Sam Swope makes $1 million gift to Kosair Charities – center is renamed Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre.

2011: “House of Dreams” movie featuring Louisville actor Victor Mature and Kosair Kid® Donald White re-released at Dreams Take Flight.

  • University of Louisville Autism Center, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Trust for Life and
  • Metro Police Foundation join the Kosair Charities Campus rent-free.

2013: Kosair Charities, the largest provider of resources for the care of children in the Kentucky and Southern Indiana region, celebrates its 90th year anniversary.

Kosair Charities opens East Campus opens.

Louisville Pediatric Therapy Center, Bluegrass Center for Autism, Heuser Hearing, and U of L Pediatric and Dental Clinics join Kosair Charities campuses rent free.

2014: Kosair Charities granted $1,250,000 to the Shriners Hospital for Children Lexington for a new pediatric facility.

University of Louisville’s Pediatric Neurorecovery received at $7,300,000 commitment from Kosair Charities to support ongoing research and purchase specialized pediatric rehabilitation equipment.