Published on September 09, 2010

Owensboro Health Announces Grant Funding

Press Conference at 10:00 a.m., Owensboro Health HealthPark, 1006 Ford Avenue

View the announcement via live video stream at

OWENSBORO, KY (September 9, 2010) – Owensboro Health has awarded over $625,000 to 49 regional organizations for 54 projects in the coming year. The awards represent the largest allocation of grants since the inception of the Owensboro Health Community Benefit Grant Program.    

“We are committed to supporting non-profit community organizations and public entities whose charitable purposes align 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, Owensboro Health recognizes that there are a number of agencies and organizations in our region, which can make a significant impact on community health.”

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 moved to a single funding cycle with a grant application process that begins in the spring. Organizations seeking funds must submit letters of intent to determine if a good match exists between the proposed project, the Owensboro Health mission and the organization’s goal to improve health. If the letter is accepted, Owensboro Health invites the organization to write a formal grant proposal. 

A list of grant recipients can be accessed online at

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

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.