Published on July 12, 2016

Owensboro Health Laboratory, Transfusion Services Earn Zero-Deficiency On State, Federal Survey

A recent survey by state inspectors of the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Laboratory and hospital transfusion services found no deficiencies, earning top marks for all departments and personnel involved.

The inspection, conducted by the Kentucky Office of the Inspector General, is also used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It certifies that safety processes and appropriate protocols are being used at all times, from receipt of blood from the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center, to administration to patients.

That means that all personnel, including nurses, physicians and other caregivers associated with the process, must follow the rules perfectly to earn a zero-deficiency score, said Tricia Hamilton, interim director of the laboratory. The lab is also inspected at regular intervals by other regulatory agencies, including The Joint Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Association of Blood Banks.

“I'm very proud of my team,” Hamilton said. “It takes teamwork and we're here for the patient. The ultimate goal is for patients to receive excellent, quality care.”

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

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