Janet Norton

Vice President, Chief Legal & Regulatory Affairs Officer

Janet Norton is vice president and chief legal & regulatory affairs officer for Baptist Health. As chief legal officer, she oversees a staff of eight attorneys who provide legal services for Baptist Health and provides board support for more than 30 affiliated corporations. Norton also oversees Baptist Health’s compliance, government relations, information cybersecurity, enterprise risk management and insurance departments and has responsibility for litigation matters.

Norton joined Baptist in 1988 as corporate counsel and was named vice president and general counsel in 1999 and chief legal officer in 2014. In 2017, she served as interim co-CEO of Baptist Health, while the system conducted a national search for a permanent CEO.


Prior to joining Baptist Health, Norton served as legal counsel at Humana Inc., and as an attorney with the Kentucky Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky School of Law.

Norton serves as a board member and chair of the Kentucky Institute on Patient Safety and Quality Inc.; as a board member for the Partnership for Commonsense Justice Inc. and St. Joseph’s Home, Little Sisters of the Poor; and as a volunteer for a number of additional community organizations.

She is a graduate of the Leadership Louisville program and the Health Enterprises Network’s Healthcare Fellows program and was named one of Louisville Business First’s Enterprising Women in 2020.

She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys, Association for Corporate Counsel, Kentucky Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Louisville Forum, and Healthcare Roundtable for General Counsel.