Published on August 18, 2017

ECLIPSE 2017: How It Affects You

On Monday, August 21, this region of the country will experience a total solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin at approximately 11:55 a.m. and will last for about three hours. All Owensboro Health locations will be open the day of the eclipse, but may adjust their lunch breaks for optimal viewing of the eclipse.

Depending on which Owensboro Health facility you’re at, the sun will be partially or totally hidden by the moon.

  • Owensboro Health locations in Dixon, Central City, Greenville, Powderly and Madisonville will experience a TOTAL solar eclipse.
  • All other Owensboro Health locations will experience a PARTIAL solar eclipse.

In order to stay safe during this rare event, please remember the following:

  • DO NOT look at the sun during a PARTIAL solar eclipse without proper protective eyewear. Even when partly hidden, the sun can still cause permanent damage to unprotected eyes, which can lead to visual impairment and blindness.
  • Tinted windows, sunglasses and even most welder’s goggles WILL NOT protect your eyes during the PARTIAL phase of the eclipse.

For information about safe viewing of the eclipse, protective eyewear and more, visit That page also includes links to maps and other helpful information about this event.

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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