Published on April 25, 2016

The Ghost Out Of Prom Future

Click the above image to watch video from the Ghost Out at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

Students from Daviess County High School got a glimpse into a potential tragedy on Thursday, April 21, but it was done in the hopes of preventing one from happening.

The Ghost Out is an initiative run by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety. As part of the event, a mock drunk-driving car crash is set up at high schools throughout the state. Owensboro Health participated in the Ghost Out at DCHS, offering students a glimpse into what happens when someone is critically injured in a drunk-driving crash.

Students are picked at random to be the victims and impaired driver of the crash. Students are then taken through the process, from the crash scene at their high school to a local hospital, where one of the victims of the crash dies from their injuries. Students also visit local law enforcement headquarters and a courtroom, seeing the entirety of the process in an abbreviated fashion. One individual travels with the students dressed as the Grim Reaper in order to emphasize that drinking and driving is a potentially fatal mistake.

Student participation is also a part of the event. In addition to students playing roles in the dramatization, each of the students participating must write goodbye letters to their families about how they died in a drunk driving crash. Parents of the ones involved in the crash also write their children's obituaries.

View photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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