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Published on April 22, 2011

Owensboro Health, Kosair Children’s Hospital form affiliation

Outpatient center will have pediatric specialists from University of Louisville Pediatrics/Norton Healthcare

OWENSBORO, KY – (April 22, 2011) – Owensboro Health and Kosair Children’s Hospital announced an affiliation today, and the opening of Kosair Children’s Outpatient Center − Owensboro. Pediatric specialists from University of Louisville Pediatrics and Norton Healthcare are staffing the center, located in a suite adjacent to the lobby at the Parrish Avenue hospital entrance.

The announcement comes a little more than a year after Owensboro Health partnered with UofL’s Neonatal Associates and Kosair Children’s Hospital to expand and help support its neonatal intensive care unit, which provides care for premature babies and those with short-term illnesses. More than 200 babies have received care in the NICU since it opened in January 2010.

“We are thrilled to have Kosair Children’s Hospital as a partner,” said Jeff Barber, president & CEO of Owensboro Health. “We are confident that bringing specialty care for children will better serve families in our region.”

“Medical problems treated by pediatric specialists are often quite different from those commonly seen by doctors who care for adults,” said Courtney Crews, MD, chief of pediatrics at Owensboro Health. “Education in pediatric conditions as they relate to growth and development in children is important.”

“The creation of this new outpatient center builds on our great partnership with Owensboro Health that began many months ago with the support of the NICU as well as training nurses and additional medical staff,” said Thomas D. Kmetz, president of Kosair Children’s Hospital. “The opening of this special space within Owensboro Health allows us to treat children in their own community, help keep families together and closer to home and, at the same time, it ensures that we can provide the special kind of care that’s Just for Kids.”

Approximately two dozen physicians from University of Louisville Pediatrics and Norton Healthcare will come to Owensboro to see patients. The outpatient center will offer the expertise of pediatricians specializing in endocrinology, gastroenterology and cardiology − as well as maternal fetal medicine physician specialists.

“This is an example of a true collaboration with the shared goal of increasing children’s access to specialty medical care,” said Josh Honaker, M.D., FAAP, chief, University of Louisville Division of General Pediatrics. “Our physician practices are excited by the opportunity to see patients in this new location.”

To learn more about pediatric specialty services available in Owensboro, call 270-688-KIDS (5437).

Kosair Children’s Hospital and Kosair Children’s Medical Center – Brownsboro

For more than a century, Kosair Children’s Hospital and its predecessor hospitals have cared for the children of Kentucky and southern Indiana without regard to their families’ ability to pay. Kosair Children’s Hospital is Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for children and is an advocate for the health and well-being of all children. The 263-bed hospital, supported by the Children’s Hospital Foundation serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In 2007, Kosair Children’s received the prestigious Magnet designation recognizing excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital also received national attention in 2009 and 2010 when it was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in pulmonary care. More information about Kosair Children’s Hospital is available at KosairChildrens.com.

University of Louisville Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics is one of the University of Louisville School of Medicine's largest clinical departments, with more than 150 faculty members in 21 clinical divisions. The department’s clinical faculty oversee the vast majority of general and subspecialty medical care at Kosair Children's Hospital. The UofL Department of Pediatrics is also home to four highly regarded research units: Kosair Children's Hospital Research Institute, Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit; Child Development Unit and the Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a community-focused, non-profit health care system that provides innovative technology and compassionate care with the mission of healing the sick and improving the health of the communities it serves. Owensboro Health includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, several regional clinics and diagnostic centers, wound healing centers, a cancer center, home care services and the Healthpark (a medical based fitness center). Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is licensed to operate 477 beds, with an average of 1,800 births, 64,000 emergency room visits and 18,000 admissions and 500,000 outpatient visits each year.  System-wide, the organization has over 3,400 employees, 250 volunteers and 219 medical staff.  For more information, visit OwensboroHealth.org.

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