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Martinrea donates $100,000 to hospital

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Kosair Children’s Hospital looks to expand in Shelby

By Lisa King

Martinrea Heavy Stamping, on old Brunerstown Road is Shelbyville, has donated $100,000 to Kosair Children’s Hospital – a contribution that a company official said could lead to an expansion of services in Shelby County by Norton Healthcare.

Lynnie Meyer, chief development officer at KCH, said that donation would be used to expand a new Kosair facility on Midland Boulevard in Shelbyville.

“We are working very hard to improve access to Kosair Children’s Hospital, and we have a group of pediatricians now that have moved into a new location, and we’re just looking to assess what services we can expand there,” Meyer said.

Pediatricians Arlyn E. Lua-Canby, Lisa Lyon and Angelito Samson moved into the facility in October. Meyer said expansion at the office on Midland Boulevard include possibly adding urgent care and diagnostics.

“We’ve been raising some dollars toward that vision, and we’ve looking at locations, and we think this really hinges on a group that’s out there, Doctors Canby, Sampson and Lyons; they just moved over behind the Hardees,” she said. “That’s a temporary location, but the goal is to continue to push the goal of the extraordinary care of Kosair Children’s Hospital into the region to be able to meet the needs of children from Shelbyville Right now, that’s just a general fundraising vision.”

Meyer did not disclose the reason for Martinrea’s donation, and phone calls to the company by The Sentinel-News were not returned.

The company, which produces sheet metal automotive body stampings for car doors and fenders, has come a long way since it was almost forced to shut down in 2009, going from 1,100 employees to 250 because of an economic downturn.

But it rebounded after being awarded a $12 million investment from state economic development in an incentive package that added 150 new jobs in 2012 and another 45 more this year.

And Meyer said that, in addition to Martinrea’s gift, Kosair has traditionally had a lot of support from Shelby County.

“We’ve had a lot of support from the community through our Tres Chic event, and we’ve have had some gifts that have already come in, in support of the idea of establishing programs and services there in a bigger way,” she said. “Our biggest event, Tres Chic, is going into its fifth year, so we think that establishing a stronger presence in the county will help be a catylist for that event.”

Martinrea’s general manager, Shawn Adelsberger, is chair of this year’s Tres Chic, which traditionally is held early in the year.