Published on July 01, 2016

Owensboro Health Earns National Recognition For Low 30-Day Pneumonia Readmission Rates

Chief Nursing Officer &
Chief Operations Officer

A national healthcare website has recognized Owensboro Health Regional Hospital as one of 51 facilities nationally with the lowest 30-day readmission rates for pneumonia.

The list, compiled by Becker’s Hospital Review, places Owensboro Health Regional Hospital at 24th on the list of facilities. This marks the third consecutive year Owensboro Health Regional Hospital has been named to this list, which is created from publicly available federal data.

Having a low readmission rate means fewer patients are being readmitted to the hospital for the same reason or any other condition. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services track national readmissions for seven conditions and procedures, including pneumonia. Having too many readmissions for these conditions can draw consequences from CMS, including financial penalties.

Debbie Bostic, Chief Nursing Officer for Owensboro Health and Chief Operating Officer for Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, said a focus on quality care and a teamwork approach are the keys to success in keeping readmissions low.

“Our care team includes providers, nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers and many more, who all work together to deliver outstanding care to our patients,” Bostic said. “We want to help our patients get well by delivering the right care, at the right time, the first time they come through our doors.”

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 and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit