Published on July 05, 2016

Owensboro Health Staff Members Deliver Presentation At Sixth Annual Meeting Of The American Delirium Society

Six Owensboro Health staff members delivered a presentation to the American Delirium Society, drawing attention for the health system’s innovative approach to this condition.

Owensboro Health VP and Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer Dr. Bill Bryant, along with two nurse managers, two pharmacists and a dietitian, delivered a 90-minute symposium on their innovative approach to addressing delirium at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the ADS. The meeting, held in Nashville from June 1-3, featured lecturers and experts from all around the country and eight other nations. Owensboro Health’s presentation team included the following individuals:

  • Bill Bryant, MD – VP and Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer
  • Debbie Enoch, RN – Manager of Clinical Education
  • Salanda Bowman, RN – Manager of Transitional Care Unit
  • B.C. Childress, Doctor of Pharmacy – Clinical Pharmacy Manager
  • Nathan Jones, Doctor of Pharmacy – Clinical Pharmacist
  • Emily Wilson, LD, RD – Dietitian

Dr. Bryant explained that Owensboro Health is getting national and international attention for using a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing, managing and preventing delirium.

“The multidisciplinary approach is key to this, and I think the conference really appreciated that,” Dr. Bryant said. “I think that's what was so interesting to the attendees about our approach.”

Dr. Childress said a multidisciplinary approach can be difficult to implement. That’s why it drew attention at this event.

“Our model appears to be extremely uncommon. From what we gathered at this conference, we're one of the first organizations in the country with a functioning multidisciplinary model to address delirium patients,” Dr. Childress said. “When we bring that cohesive approach together, it really broadens the understanding of what's going on with these patients.”

Dr. Bryant said the main goal is to deliver the best possible care to the patients.

“If we can prevent or reduce delirium, it will greatly impact the value of care that we deliver,” Dr. Bryant said. “We're doing this because we think it's the right thing to do.”

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.