Published on February 26, 2016

Owensboro Health begins 2016 community benefit grant process


Owensboro Health is reaching out to community partners, inviting local non-profit agencies to apply for Owensboro Health Gives Community Benefit Grants in 2016.

Last year, Owensboro Health awarded more than $702,924 to 38 regional organizations focused in the areas of health and human services, community outreach and the arts. On Wednesday, Owensboro Health held four separate sessions, with three more scheduled in Muhlenberg County on Friday.

Debbie Zuerner Johnson, manager of community outreach, said the sessions are hosted to help agencies through the grant process.

“It's to review the process and make everyone comfortable prior to submitting a letter of intent and a full grant application,” Johnson said. “The sessions are also valuable because of the dialogue that takes place between the organizations, and the questions the representatives ask are so helpful.”

Owensboro Health President and CEO Philip Patterson spoke to grant info session attendees and shared his appreciation for their participation and interest.

“We could not achieve our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve without the work of the outstanding non-profits in our area.  This is a wonderful program that gives us the opportunity to partner with these tremendous groups to make a real and measurable impact,” Patterson said.

Johnson said the goal is not just to provide funding and send agencies on their way, but to help give them tools to make lasting, measurable impacts on community health.

“For Owensboro Health, it's not just about giving money. It's also about helping non-profit organizations grow, learn, partner with others and put themselves in a position to get additional funds to do the things they need to do,” Johnson said. “Through their projects and programs, we're seeing an impact in many priority health areas. We're seeing positive health outcomes throughout the region because of these organizations’ work.”

Johnson said she sees the future of the grant program continuing to become more and more strategic.

“What changes are warranted and when, we'll evaluate on an annual basis. Owensboro Health is proud to support programs that impact key health needs throughout the region,” Johnson said. “Any changes in the grant program will follow the health system’s strategic plan and established health priorities, as laid out in the Community Health Needs Assessment conducted in partnership with the Green River District Health Department.”

Would you like to know more about the Owensboro Health Gives Community Benefit Grants or know of an agency that may want to apply for a grant? Encourage agencies that impact your community to visit The Grants page includes information about how to apply, who qualifies, fast-approaching deadlines, previous grant recipients and more.

For more information or if you have questions, e-mail

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; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; 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.