Novak Center for Children's Health

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A Dream for the Children of Kentucky


It started out as a dream for a better way to deliver health care for the children of Kentucky. Today, the 170,000-square-foot UofL Physicians Novak Center for Children’s Health is a reality. Opened in the summer of 2018, the state-of-the-art eight-story building is home to UofL Physicians pediatric specialty clinical practices, including a large general pediatrics location.

The children who come to the Novak Center for Children’s Health experience a forest-like atmosphere with bright, happy colors and some of their favorite animals peeking out from murals located on every floor. The environment is designed to put children at ease and give them easy access to some of the top pediatric specialists and primary care providers in the nation all in one location. The building features interactive art displays and special activities, but most important, the building contains state-of-the-art medical treatments and advances designed specifically to address the health needs of children.  

The building is home to seven clinical levels, plus a lab and radiology services as well as a rooftop garden and conference center. Every element of the building, from the warm, inviting colored tiles on the exterior of the building to each room, that the children enters was chosen with care, compassion and years of studying the very best facilities throughout the country. The designers, physicians and caregivers were determined to build a place where children could go to feel safe and cared for during some of the most trying times of their lives. The goal is to bring the very best in care to the children of Kentucky, delivered by the top physicians, in the most state-of-the-art building available.

Planning for the building began in January 2015 and architectural firms GBBN, Stanley, Beaman & Sears and Messer Construction Co. were engaged starting in June 2015.  Both firms were chosen because of their extensive experience in building and designing health care facilities for children.

As the premier pediatrics care building for children in the state of Kentucky, the Novak Center provides parents easy access to pediatric specialists and primary care providers in one location, with everything designed specifically for children and their families. It is our intent that through this center we will be building the future of pediatric care for years to come. 

Construction Fast Facts

  • 6400 cubic yards of concrete
  • 850 tons of reinforcing steel
  • 450 miles of heating & cooling piping
  • 877 chilled beams
  • 15,291 terra cotta panels
  • 3,505 metal panels
  • 315 windows
  • 566 doors


Pediatrics Residency program starts


The Louisville Twin Study begins


Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training program begins


Children & Youth Project Opens (2014 – Merger of Children & Youth and UofL Pediatrics Broadway into UofL Pediatrics – Downtown)


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training program begins


Med/Peds Residency program starts in the Department of Internal Medicine


Portable Nitric Oxide Therapy to facilitate transport of neonates with unstable pulmonary hypertension and an emergency extracorporeal life support services begins

Pediatrics faculty member assumes the role of Medical Director at the Home of the Innocents

Pediatrics faculty physician, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, serves as Medical Director of Jefferson County Health Department


Pediatric Sleep Fellowship program begins

Just for Kids Hospitalist program, one of the first programs in the United States, concludes its first year with overwhelming success in volume, subscription by the private community and enhancement of generalist inpatient teaching

Ambulatory Pediatrics Fellowship begins

Kosair Charities fund a grant to develop the Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit at the Kosair Children's Hospital


A new program in Adult Congenital Heart Disease in partnership with Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery forms


Med/Peds Residency program begins its own program separate from Internal Medicine


International Adoption Clinic opens

UofL Pediatrics – Campbellsville opens

UofL Pediatrics – Stonestreet opens


Pediatric Child Abuse Fellowship program begins

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training program begins


Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship program begins

Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine renamed Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine

Opening of UofL Pediatrics at Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre


UofL Pediatrics and Springhurst Kids’ Doc merge


Dr. Charles Woods, Jr., a pediatric infectious diseases specialist, elected incoming chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence (SEOPHE)

Dr. Gilbert Liu, a UofL Physicians pediatrician and chief of General Pediatrics at UofL, named an inaugural scholar by the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky in an initiative to broaden capacity in addressing health disparities across the state and beyond

Dr. John Roberts, a neonatologist with UofL Physicians, is named president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS)

Construction began on the new UofL Physicians Pediatric Medical Office Building


UofL Physicians Pediatric Medical Office Building officially named the Novak Center for Children's Health, in honor of David Novak, his family and the Life-A-Life Foundation


UofL Physicians Novak Center for Children's Health opened

Practices begin moving in on June 22.

First patient is seen on June 25.





Help support the UofL Physicians Novak Center for Children’s Health and the health care that our practices now are providing there to the children in the Louisville community and across the Commonwealth.

It's children like Matthew and Logan who benefit each and every day from this building- a building that houses all of their health care needs in one facility. 

 Support this new reality and children like Matthew and Logan by making a gift!


First Floor Lobby

The main lobby is made to look like the base of a tree with a root design in the floor and tree frogs climbing the wall.  This lobby also features artwork on the wall and window panels with ELED color-change lighting. Just beyond the information desk is the UofL Pediatrics – Downtown suite.

main lobby rendering


Third Floor Pedway

The third level pedway connects the UofL Physicians Outpatient Center Parking Garage and the UofL Physicians Outpatient Center to the UofL Physicians Novak Center for Children’s Health. It overlooks the main lobby on the first level. The third level will house a diagnostics center. 

Main Lobby view from 3rd floor rendering


Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center (Seventh Floor) Lobby

The Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Center and UofL Physicians – Pediatric Endocrinology are located on the seventh level. The lobby is two stories high with windows looking up to the rooftop and conference center area. Those visiting the conference center area on the eighth level have an aerial view of the seventh level lobby.

Wendy Novak Diabetes Center lobby rendering



Typical Waiting Room

Waiting rooms have open layouts with cubby holes for children to sit, play and read.

typical clinic lobby rendering

alternate view of typical clinic lobby rendering


Typical Exam Room/Corridor

The designs in the clinical areas, like the hallways, with their bright colors are to help make a visit to the doctor less scary.  In addition, the curve in the floor designs are to make the hallways not appear so straight and long. 

typical clinic exam room and corridor rendering

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

The Novak Center for Children's Health is located at 411 E. Chestnut St., adjacent to the UofL Physicians Outpatient Center, located at 401 E. Chestnut St. 


Offices and Clinics

  • Novak Center for Children's Health
    411 E. Chestnut St.
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202

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Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000