Published on June 07, 2016

Owensboro Health Celebrates Community Health Improvement Week

Owensboro Health is joining The Association for Community Health Improvement’s annual Community Health Improvement Week on June 5-11, 2016. Community Health Improvement Week is a national event that recognizes community health professionals, organizations and coalitions for their passion and dedication to improving the health of the communities they serve.

The week’s primary intent is to highlight the value that community health professionals contribute to improving health in their local towns, cities and counties by raising awareness, demonstrating impact and celebrating community health professionals. Last year, Owensboro Health awarded over $702,924 to 38 regional organizations committed to improving our community.

Community health is a multi-sector approach to provide access to preventive health services for all, deliver health education and connects people to resources, and help to ensure the health and safety of the environment in which people live, work and learn. It complements medical care by striving to help people maintain and improve their health every day. Hospitals are increasingly focusing their efforts on reaching their population health goals by identifying and addressing the social determinants of health. By connecting clinical and community issues and partnering with multisector community stakeholders, America’s hospitals are making a huge impact on the health of their communities.

During this special week, hospitals, health care systems, public health organizations, community-based organizations and health improvement coalitions across the country will engage their communities to raise awareness and understanding of community health. ACHI will release new resources during this special week to support the field on their community health improvement journeys. For more information, visit www.healthycommunities.org/chiweek.

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.