Dear GLMS and GLMS Foundation Members:
 
We have some bittersweet news to share about our beloved Old Medical School (OMS) building. A quick history: The building was originally the Louisville Medical College built in 1892. After years sitting in decay, the OMS building was literally saved from the wrecking ball decades ago by the GLMS Foundation. Dr. Richard S. Wolf and Dr. Robert S. Howell worked tirelessly to restore the building and secured its listing in the National Registry of Historic Places. Inside, we've created great memories and connected the medical community. 
 
Now, it is time to pass the torch in the next phase of our building's medical journey. The building was once a place for physicians to learn, and then it was a place for physicians to grow, and now it is going to become an extension of physician care by providing a home-away-from home for the families of children being treated at downtown medical facilities.
 
Ownership of the Old Medical School has officially been transferred to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana. This local charity has been with us residing in the annex directly behind our building for many years, and its mission is right in line with our organization's goals to serve the community and improve the health and well-being of the community. The GLMS Foundation sees this as mission accomplished! The goal was to rescue and restore the building and what better fit than to pass it along for the benefit of patients? As a result of it being on the National Registry of Historic Places, the structure will stand strong for many future generations to come. 
 
After reflecting on this huge accomplishment, the GLMS Foundation is eager to refocus its attention and double up its efforts on its other three core missions: medical student scholarships, medical missions, and supporting outreach projects of the medical society. 
 
Over the next few months, please take a moment to stop by, look around and soak up the memories. Be on the lookout for an invitation to a closing farewell reception at 101 W. Chestnut Street and later a welcome reception at our new location, 328 E. Main Street in 2017. 
 
Below is a press release that is being sent out to local and state media contacts.
 
Thank you for your continuous support. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2016

Contact:
GLMS: Bert T. Guinn, MBA, CAE
Office: (502) 736-6302
bert.guinn@glms.org
www.glmsfoundation.org




RMHCK: Hal Hedley

Office: (502) 561-7658
hal@rmhck.org
www.rmhck.org

Doctors Restore Old Medical School to Provide "Home" for Families Facing Crisis
Louisville, KY - October 14, 2016 - Physicians of the Greater Louisville Medical Society Foundation recognized the monumental legacy of the city's Old Medical School and saved it from the wrecking ball. Built in 1892, this historic structure, originally the Louisville Medical College at 101 W. Chestnut, was meticulously restored over several decades and will ultimately become an expanded home-away-from-home for families of children receiving treatment at downtown hospitals.
 
 "When a child is hurting, there's no stronger medicine than the love and support of family," said GLMS Foundation President Dr. K. Thomas Reichard, who led the effort to transfer ownership to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana. "The building will serve as an extension of physician care to children while standing as a fitting tribute to Louisville's incredible medical heritage."
 
RMHCK Executive Director Hal Hedley said, "We are grateful. Close proximity to the downtown medical center is important to the families we serve as we expand our services in the future. Thank you to the doctors for the care they provide to children and for their incredible restoration efforts."
 
The GLMS Foundation rescued and restored the building after it was abandoned in the 1970s when the University of Louisville built new medical school facilities. Drs. Richard S. Wolf and Robert S. Howell were the primary physicians who oversaw renovations and secured a listing in the National Registry of Historic Places. Many of Louisville's most revered doctors taught and trained inside the halls of this magnificent Romanesque structure, designed by well-known architects Clarke and Loomis.
 
Dr. Harold Kleinert, who performed the first hand transplant, did surgical research on site. Three super-sized clocks, in honor of Dr. Robert S. Howell, were installed on the bell tower to match original artists renderings when it was the UofL School of Medicine. Dr. Walter S. Coe's legacy is memorialized inside for his contributions including the creation of the first heart catheterization lab in Kentucky. The top floor features the original skylight used to illuminate the school's anatomy lab, now named after Dr. William Martin Christopherson.
 
During restoration, the Old Medical School has been home to GLMS, and its charitable arm, the GLMS Foundation. Accomplishments include birthing Supplies Over Seas and The Healing Place, scholarships provided to medical students and medical missions conducted locally, regionally, and all over the world. GLMS and the GLMS Foundation are moving operational headquarters to 328 E. Main St.