Published on September 28, 2016

Owensboro Health Foundation Announces Grant From The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels has announced funding of a grant for Owensboro Health Foundation, with funds slated to support care for fragile newborns.

The grant will fund the purchase of a portable amplitude-integrated EEG monitor (aEEG) for the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. This device provides simplified monitoring of brain function of pre-term babies for 24 hours or more (as needed), allowing easier observation and review by medical staff. This device is also portable, which allows it to be placed next to a crib, and only requires three to five sensor electrodes to be placed on the scalp of the baby.

The Level III NICU at Owensboro Health is the largest of its kind in this region, offering care for babies of any weight who have reached at least 27 weeks of gestation. The NICU earned this designation in March 2015.

Dr. Bridget Burshears, medical director of the NICU at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, said the device helps give providers vital information about a baby’s brain function without waiting for a specialist elsewhere to review and interpret the results.

“It'll offer more information to help us decide how best to treat our patients,” Dr. Burshears said. “It keeps us up to date with the most advanced neonatal intensive care units and, more importantly, it has the potential to help us keep more patients close to home.”

About The Honorable Order Of Kentucky Colonels

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization of talented and capable men and women appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky because of their service to the state. This organization’s members act as the Governor’s ambassadors of Kentucky’s heritage and rich history of arts and entertainment. Its primary objective is to support needy Kentucky charities and worthy Kentucky organizations by raising money from its membership to help these organizations who stand ready to help citizens of the commonwealth share in Kentucky’s boundless future. The organization celebrates this mission and encourages and affirms its members in these efforts.

About Owensboro Health Foundation

Owensboro Health Foundation, Inc. is a subsidiary of Owensboro Health, Inc. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization, partnering with individuals, corporations, community organizations and other foundations to support a multitude of worthy health initiatives in Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Owensboro Health Foundation’s mission is to develop volunteerism and philanthropy to heal the sick and improve the health of the communities we serve. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported numerous Owensboro Health projects impacting the lives of the people in our region. In fiscal year 2016 (June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016), 5,031 individuals benefited from a multitude of programs supported by Owensboro Health Foundation.

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.

Learn more about Owensboro Health Foundation

Owensboro Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, established in 1993 as a philanthropic subsidiary of Owensboro Health. Owensboro Health Foundation directs special events and fundraising campaigns and seeks out grant funding to implement and sustain long-term health initiatives that will have the most impact on our community.

Learn more about Owensboro Health Foundation.

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