Published on September 07, 2010

Owensboro Health Community Benefit Program Announces Funding for 35 Organizations

OWENSBORO, KY (September 7, 2010) – Owensboro Health has awarded over $453,000 in funding to 35 regional organizations as part of its Community Benefit Grant Program. The awards represent the last funding announcement this calendar year.   

“We are committed to supporting community organizations and charities aligned with our mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of our community,” said Debbie Zuerner Johnson, manager of community outreach. “In addition to providing health care services, there are a number of agencies and organizations that we can support that help make a significant impact on the health of the communities we serve.”

Non-profit organizations that provide plans for specific programs and services addressing identified community health needs may apply for grant funding. To qualify, activities must provide measurable improvement in health status, access to care, or use of healthcare resources. Funds are also available to non-profit entities that offer specific programs and activities not directly related to healthcare. In such cases grant applications must specifically describe how the organization’s services or activities address root causes of problems affecting community health. Eligible groups include economic, educational, civic, arts and cultural organizations.

Programs, services and activities must serve individuals in the Owensboro Health service area, including Daviess, Hancock, Ohio, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Breckinridge and Webster counties in Kentucky; Spencer and Perry counties, Indiana. 

Effective in 2011, Owensboro Health will move to a single funding cycle with the application process beginning in April. Organizations seeking funds will be asked to submit letters of intent to determine if a good match exists between the proposed project, the Owensboro Health mission and its goal to improve health.

Owensboro Health continues to offer its mini-grant program year-round for such items as community event sponsorship and donations. Applications are available online and must describe the project’s purpose and how it impacts health along with a project budget.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.