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; 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.

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