Published on November 30, 2017



Last updated at 1 p.m. on November 30, 2017. This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Owensboro Health has activated its command center in response to a boil water notice issued by the city of Owensboro, but all health system locations are operating as scheduled and no services have been disrupted.

On Thursday morning, a water main break near the main Owensboro Municipal Utilities water plant led to a boil water notice being issued city-wide. Owensboro Public Schools and Daviess County Schools released early because of the break.

Hamby said based on the information available, Owensboro Health expects to operate for the next two days under the boil water notice. Owensboro Health has activated its command center in response to the emergency, though hospital administrators said these moves are precautionary.

“At this time, Owensboro Health has not closed any of its facilities and there have been no changes to scheduled patient care procedures,” said Brian Hamby, director of Owensboro Health Marketing and Public Relations. “Our intention is to not just to follow the guidelines set under the boil water notice, but to go above and beyond them. Ensuring the safety of our patients, visitors and staff is always our highest priority, and we’re reacting to this situation accordingly.” 

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