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A retired Louisville physician is giving $8 million to the Norton Healthcare Foundation to establish a treatment and research center for Parkinson’s Disease and for an upgraded critical care center.

The gift is from Dr. Elizabeth Pahk Cressman, a retired anesthesiologist who practiced mainly at what is now Norton Suburban Hospital.

It’s in memory of her husband, Dr. Frederick Cressman, who died in January after a seven year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Five million dollars of the gift will establish the Cressman Parkinson’s Center at the Norton Neuroscience Institute. The other $3 million will be used to expand the critical care center at Norton Suburban Hospital, which will also carry the Cressman name.

More details about the gift will be disclosed at a press conference this afternoon.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."