Passport Discusses Requested Zoning Change for Health and Well-Being Campus in Downtown Louisville

Well Being Campus LogoPassport held a public meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss a requested change in zoning for the Health and Well-Being Campus that is being planned in the West End of Downtown Louisville.

During this meeting, Jon Baker, an attorney with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, discussed the zoning request that Passport will be making.

Passport is requesting a zoning change from C1 (Commercial), EZ1 (Enterprise Zone) and R6 (Multi-Family Residential) to PD (Planned Development). This is because PD zoning is a good fit here, allowing Passport to have design flexibility while maintaining oversight that ensures every building fits into the vision of the Health and Well-Being Campus. PD zoning respects and supports the existing neighborhood, integrating the new development to ensure it is compatible; it provides flexible design standards to create a livable community; and it promotes efficient and economic land usage.

In the next few weeks, Passport will file a zoning application with Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services. During this step, agencies like MSD, Public Works, the Fire Department and Health Department also have a chance to review the plans. Once their comments are addressed, Passport will be scheduled to attend the Land Development & Transportation Committee, which is open to the public. If LD&T determines that everything is in order, they will set another Public Hearing date. After the Public Hearing, the plan goes through Metro Council which has final say on the re-zoning. This entire process usually takes 6 to 8 months.

Nothing in this process will derail the current construction under way on the headquarters.

 

Passport Plans Public Meeting to Discuss Requested Zoning Change

Well Being Campus LogoProperty owners and neighborhood group representatives who live and work near the site of the future Passport Health Plan headquarters building and Health and Well-Being Campus at 18th and West Broadway in Downtown Louisville are invited to an informal meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss a requested change in zoning.

Passport has filed applications with Metro Louisville Planning & Design for a change in zoning to Planned Development (PD) and variance relief involving the property at and near 1800 W. Broadway, 1912 W. Broadway, 2014 W. Broadway, and 2028 W. Broadway. This will be an informal meeting to give residents the opportunity to review the proposed plans and provide comments.

  • WHAT: Informal meeting to discuss applications for a change in zoning
  • WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17
  • WHERE: Roosevelt-Perry Elementary School, 1615 W. Broadway, Louisville
  • RSVP: Please go online to www.passportwellbeing.com or call (502) 585-7301

Representatives of Passport will explain the proposal and address any questions that residents may have. Due to the short length of this meeting, there will be no refreshments served. For more information, please click here.

 

Passport Sponsors WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday Concerts in Downtown Louisville All Summer Long

Passport Health Plan is excited to sponsor the 2018 season of WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series, which takes place in Downtown Louisville on the last Wednesday of the month from April through September.

Passport will have a tent at each concert, where we will be able to answer your questions and give away some educational information and fun stuff.

The Great Lawn opens at 5 p.m. for each show, with the music beginning at 6 p.m. The concerts are all free and open to all ages. The dates for this year’s shows (rain or shine) are:

  • April 25
  • May 30
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 29
  • September 26

For more information, including a complete FAQ guide and updated list of performers, go online to wfpk.org.

 

Passport Officially Breaks Ground on Headquarters Building at New Health and Well-Being Campus in Downtown Louisville

Passport Health Plan officially broke ground on the site of the new Health and Well-Being Campus on Wednesday, March 14, directly on the property at the intersection of West Broadway and 18th Street in Downtown Louisville.

Following the official groundbreaking – which included remarks from Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, and Passport CEO Mark Carter – a community celebration and forum was held at Louisville Central Community Center’s Old Walnut Street Development, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The new headquarters will be a 337,000-square-foot four-story building with 3 connected structures, or “pods,” along Broadway. There will also be a five-story garage connected to the main building through a pedestrian walkway, or “pedway,” with adjacent surface parking for up to 720 cars. There will be space for 550 current associates and hundreds more in the central and westernmost “pod” structures. The construction schedule is about 24 months, with a goal to occupy the building by early 2020.

During the groundbreaking, Mark Carter announced that the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) announced its intent to make its largest loan to date of $500,000 to Passport Health Plan, saying it is “honored to be part of Passport’s expansion in West Louisville, which will create jobs, affordable housing and increase access to healthcare, changing lives and contributing to our community.” CFL Impact Capital provides low-interest loans to support meaningful and transformative community projects in Louisville. Since its first loan in early 2014, it has approved nearly $2.4M of investment.

The “partner pod” structure on the east side is designed to house an array of health and human services. Passport is working with numerous organizations interested in having a presence on the campus. Nonbinding Memorandums of Understanding are in place with these organizations (with others in process):

  • The University of Louisville Office of Community Engagement, under the leadership of Dr. Ralph Fitzpatrick (louisville.edu/communityengagement)
  • The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, which could move its federally funded Youth Violence Prevention Research Center to work on preventing youth violence, and also create a master’s program on community development, under the leadership of Dean Craig Blakely (louisville.edu/sphis)
  • Gilda’s Club, to provide social and emotional support for people and families living with cancer, under the leadership of President/CEO Karen Morrison (gildasclublouisville.org)
  • Hosparus Health, to provide hospice and home palliative care as well as grief counseling, under the leadership of President/CEO Phil Marshall (hosparushealth.org)

Passport also unveiled the “Faces of Passport” mosaic that was created out of more than 1,500 selfies that were posted on social media. The mosaic – which uses an iconic portrait from Legendary Louisville photographer Bud Dorsey– will hang in the lobby of the new headquarters building once construction is complete for all to view. Until then, it will be displayed for viewing at the current Passport offices. A high-resolution version of the mosaic can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/2tIBwng.

Also as part of the groundbreaking celebration for the Passport headquarters building, the architects and planners at Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan, Inc. created a video of what the headquarters building could look like. To view the video, please go online to https://youtu.be/TKGYfGYjqcc.  Please note that these are all conceptual renderings and are subject to change.

To watch the Facebook Live stream footage from the groundbreaking event today, click here.

 

Passport Health Plan Breaks Ground on Health and Well-Being Campus

Well Being Campus LogoPassport Health Plan will officially break ground on the site of our new Health and Well-Being Campus at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, directly on the property at the intersection of West Broadway and 18th Street in Downtown Louisville.

Following the official groundbreaking – which will include remarks from Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, and Passport CEO Mark Carter – a community celebration and forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Louisville Central Community Center’s Old Walnut Street Development, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Along with Passport, a number of community organizations will be on hand during the community celebration to share free resources and information, including: the American Red Cross, Dare to Care, Gilda’s Club Louisville, Goodwill of Kentucky, Hosparus Health, Louisville Central Community Centers, Louisville Digital Inclusion, Louisville Urban League, the Office of Housing and Community Development, the YMCA of Greater Louisville, TKT & Associates, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the University of Louisville Youth Violence Prevention Research Center (YVPRC), and the UofL’s Office of Community Engagement.

For more information or to RSVP for these events, please go online to passportwellbeing.com.

 

Passport Health Plan to Honor 7 Healthcare Leaders at Commitment to Compassion Luncheon

Compassionate LouisvilleCompassion is a key component in healthcare delivery, and seven individuals who embody that value will be honored at a luncheon in Downtown Louisville.

“A Commitment to Compassion” will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, at the Frazier History Museum, 829 West Main Street. The event is co-sponsored by Passport Health Plan, Compassionate Louisville, and Insider Louisville.

“We have a created a brush fire of compassion for the community, and this is an opportunity to recognize some of the folks who are igniting the fire,” said Stephanie Barnett, a co-host of the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation, which brings together members of the healthcare community to explore ways to grow compassion from within our health systems.

Jean West, Emmy Award-winning anchor and medical, health and science reporter, will emcee the event, which will recognize and honor seven dedicated healthcare workers who exemplify true compassion in the workplace. These are people who go above and beyond their job duties to extend needed consideration, kindness, and compassion to patients, their colleagues and the broader community. The honorees are:

  • Guy Harvey of Norton Children’s Hospital
  • Heather Renee Hibbard of the Brown Cancer Center
  • Mary Lynn Spalding, President and CEO of Christian Care Communities
  • Sheila Carter, founder and owner of Heartsong Memory Care
  • Zella Fraze of Gilda’s Club
  • Dr. Michael Imburgia, co-founder of the Have a Heart Clinic
  • Robin Goodman of Family Health Centers

For more information, please click here.

 

Registration opens for 2018 Brightside & Passport Health Plan Spring Community-Wide Cleanup

Registration for the 2018 Brightside & Passport Health Plan Spring Community-Wide Cleanup – scheduled for Saturday, April 14, all around the Greater Louisville area – has officially opened.

Last year’s Spring Community-Wide Cleanup saw over 17,500 volunteers clean up our city, and this year we want to shatter that number! Teams can register by calling (502) 574-2613 or by clicking here. Any group that is interested in taking part should register by the end of March to ensure that they get all of the information and supplies needed.

The event is a great service opportunity for boy/girl scouts, sports teams, faith groups and community organizations – it could even be a corporate team bonding opportunity!

Cleanups are an integral part of Brightside’s mission and without the help of volunteer groups, and many other volunteers throughout the year, Brightside could not achieve its goal of a cleaner, greener Louisville.

Neighborhoods can hold their own cleanups at any point throughout the year – Brightside can provide gloves and bags for each Neighborhood Cleanup and works with Solid Waste Management to have the collected litter bags picked up.

For more information, please click here.

 

Louisville Health Care Community Celebrates Acts of Compassion

Insider Louisville LogoActs of compassion are being committed daily in Louisville in all walks of life. There aren’t many cities that celebrate compassion with a full week of giving every year, with Mayor Greg Fischer encouraging community members to give thousands of hours to performing acts of compassion to improve our community.

Those who work in the healthcare community seem to have an extra sense of compassion, with many working to help those who struggle with various challenges in their lives. Two years ago, the first luncheon was held to shine a light on those who make a difference in the lives of others, sponsored by Passport Health Plan, Insider Louisville, and the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation.

For a closer look at two of the honorees from the 2017 event, please click here

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Breast Cancer Survivor Learns That every Day Matters

Insider Louisville LogoIt’s one of those statistics that is hard to imagine — 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Most Americans know someone whose life has been affected by the disease, and the support they’ve shown is encouraging — from the thousands of local fundraisers held this month to the prevalence of pink on everything from ribbons to NFL uniforms.

While breast cancer remains the second-leading cause of death among women, survival rates have increased, thanks to early detection and treatment improvements. Today, in America, 3 million women count themselves as breast cancer survivors. One of them is Sarah Gorman of Louisville, who was diagnosed seven years ago and has emerged from her cancer journey with her positive outlook intact.

“I’m doing everything I can, I’m living life,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “I often said at the end of that whole experience that I could have written a book titled ‘How cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me.’ People came out of the woodwork with cards and flowers and I had no idea all those people even cared. I get goose bumps now even talking about it.”

For more information, please click here.

 

Passport sponsors the 16th Annual Fall Safari at Louisville Zoo

Passport is sponsoring a special “Fall Safari” at The Louisville Zoo for grandparents raising grandchildren and other relatives raising children. This is open to children who are Passport members and their caregivers.

This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, at The Louisville Zoo. Along with free zoo admission, attendees will receive lunch, ride tickets, parking passes, and splash water park tickets. Strollers are not provided, and each child must have a parent or guardian with them at the event.

To register, please call 1-800-578-0603 ext. 7955. For more information, please click here.