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Owensboro Health Foundation


 The mission of  Owensboro Health Foundation is to promote  volunteerism and  philanthropy to heal the  sick and improve the  health of our community.

You are cordially invited to join Owensboro Health Foundation in supporting a healthy community!

Owensboro Health Foundation, Inc. is a subsidiary of Owensboro Health, Inc.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization, partnering with individuals, businesses and other foundations to support a multitude of worthy health initiatives in western Kentucky and southern Indiana.

Since its inception, the Foundation has supported numerous Owensboro Health projects impacting the lives of the people in our region.  In 2014, more than 8,000 of our family members, friends and neighbors benefited through the following funded programs:

Baby Boxes For Infants In Need

Nearly 2,000 babies are born at Owensboro Health each year, and many new mothers lack essential items to care for their babies once they leave the hospital.

The Baby Box program supports these families by providing basic baby care supplies for those first days at home. Our care boxes contain:

  • Onesies (2)
  • Sleeper
  • Blanket
  • Bib
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers (24)

Items are purchased, packaged, and wrapped by the Owensboro Health Volunteer Auxiliary, then distributed to the hospital’s Mother/Baby unit. Nurses and case managers provide the boxes to disadvantaged mothers.

The program has been in existence since 2009 and nearly over 500 baby boxes haven been given way. Your contribution will help provide a bright, healthy start for local families.

Cancer Center Transportation Fund

The Cancer Center Transportation Fund provides mileage reimbursement to low-income cancer patients who must travel to the cancer center multiple times per week for treatment.

Camp Wheeze Away

Free Camp For Kids With Asthma

It's everything you would expect in a summer camp: sack lunches, fun crafts, a splash in the pool. But for young asthma patients and their families, Camp Wheeze Away is something more—a chance to learn important asthma management skills in a fun environment.


Now in its thirteenth year, Camp Wheeze Away is the vision of Dr. Lee Clore, an allergy specialist who wanted to teach children how to live confidently with asthma. Today, he oversees the camp, along with a staff of qualified healthcare professionals. Some 50 kids attend the camp every year at the Owensboro Health Healthpark.

Our Camp Experience

At Camp Wheeze Away, your child will have a blast swimming, running relays, and making crafts. But he or she will also learn how to manage asthma effectively through interactive classroom sessions and ongoing teaching throughout the two-day program. Your child will leave Camp Wheeze Away with renewed confidence about controlling asthma and making the most out of life.


  • For ages 6-10
  • Two-day camp with an additional Parent's Day
  • Located at the Owensboro Health Healthpark, which houses a gymnasium, swimming pool, and other facilities
  • Camp is free to children with asthma

To learn more e-mail or call 684-6144 or 877-291-6303.

Care Bears For Kids

Over 2,000 children in our community require surgical procedures, and almost 7,000 visit the emergency department for treatment of traumatic illness each year. These are stressful times for children – suddenly finding themselves in a strange environment and facing unknown outcomes. That’s why Care Bears for Kids exists – to help alleviate the fear children experience when they face a medical crisis and to improve their health outcomes.

Care Bears for Kids has been in existence for over 20 years and nearly 10,000 bears have been given away, thanks to the wonderful generosity of Owensboro Health Volunteer Auxiliary members. During the past few years, the need for Care Bears has multiplied tremendously. To continue Care Bears for Kids, we need your help. Your contribution will provide bears to children in need. These bears will be friends who will travel through medical crises with children, helping alleviate the fear and stress they experience when having surgery and dealing with illness.

Car Seat Assistance Program

The Car Seat Assistance Program, provides free car seats to families in need.

Healthpark Anniversary Run

The Healthpark Anniversary Run is a 5K walk/run, 15K run and a .5 mile Kids Fun Run.


The HOPE Fund, “Helping Our People in Emergencies,” provides financial, emotional, and spiritual support to employees of Owensboro Health facing crises and emergency situations.


LifeSpring provides a combination of education, nutrition, complementary service, rehabilitation, exercise, and support group services for cancer survivors.

Mammograms For Life

Mammograms for Life provides free mammograms to medically under-served women.

McAuley Primary Care

 Provides free care for the uninsured and under-insured.

Mitchell Cancer Center Medication Fund

The Mitchell Cancer Center Medication Fund provides financial assistance to cancer patients who cannot afford the medicines needed for controlling or relieving symptoms.

Owensboro Cancer Research Program Internship

The Owensboro Cancer Research Program Internships provides a ten-week internship for pre-med/dental candidates to work alongside doctors and scientists on cutting edge, plant-based cancer research.

Owensboro Health Hospitality Suites

With an 14-county region served by Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, many family members and loved ones visiting patients at the new hospital will be traveling to make their visits. For some, a lengthy journey may not be an option and staying in a hotel in Owensboro may not work either.

Owensboro Health has an answer to these worries. Seven answers, actually, in the form “hospitality suites” located on the first floor of the new hospital. The suites are run by the Volunteer Services department

There are six single hospitality suites and one double suite. The single suites are $25 per night and the double is $35 per night, and there are ADA-compliant suites available. Those wanting to reserve a suite for use should call 270-417-3120 to book a suite.

Pulmonary Pals

Pulmonary Pals provides treatment for patients with chronic lung ailments.

Touched By Cancer Scholarship

This unique scholarship was established to provide educational assistance for students who have received a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives.

About The Scholarship

The scholarship was established in the memory of Dr. Leslie M. Riherd, Jr., an orthopedic surgeon whose positive outlook served as an inspiration from his cancer diagnosis in 2000 until his death in 2005. Today, Owensboro Health Foundation honors two students each year with a $1,000 scholarship.


Download an application HERE.

Patients Share Their Experiences


“If it wasn’t for McAuley Primary Care, I wouldn’t be able to see a doctor.  I’m laid off now and can’t afford to pay. I haven’t had a physical in 25 years.  I’m here to see if I have diabetes. This place is great!”


“My child was so scared when we got to the hospital for her surgery, until she saw the teddy bear sitting on the bed.  She said,Mommy is this bear here to take care of me?’  She felt safe because of that little bear.  She still sleeps with it.”


Marion weighed 440 pounds.  Doctors gave two options: surgery or water aerobics.  Marion chose water aerobics at the Healthpark.  At first, he could not walk, and was wheeled down a ramp to the shallow end of the hydrotherapy pool.  Marion lost nearly 100 pounds and is now able to exercise freely.  Marion says, “The Healthpark has changed my life.”


Helping Since 1993

The Owensboro Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, established in 1993 as a philanthropic subsidiary of Owensboro Health. The Foundation directs special events and fundraising campaigns and seeks out grant funding to implement and sustain long-term health initiatives that will have the most impact on our community.

Owensboro Health Foundation

Mailing Address: P.O Box 22505 Owensboro, KY 42304-2505

Office: 2211 Mayfair Ave. Suite 403 Owensboro, KY 42301


Donate to the Owensboro Health Foundation

The Foundation relies on the generous support of the community to sustain long-term health initiatives.

Make a difference!