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; 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.