Published on March 16, 2017

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Opens Express Admit Unit

A new unit is open at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in March, speeding up and simplifying patient admissions for multiple units throughout the facility.

The new Express Admit Unit (EAU) is meant to simplify the admitting process for patients coming from the hospital’s Emergency Department or those being directly admitted by healthcare providers, said Joni Sims, RN, director of nursing at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

“It’s all about reducing wait time for patients,” Sims said.

The EAU will also help patients transition into their stay at the hospital, Sims said. The admission process can sometimes take one to two hours, depending on a patient’s needs, and can include a medical assessment and gathering of the patient’s history, review of the patient’s medications, collection of specimens for lab tests, educating patients on their room and its features, and more.

Debbie Bostic, RN, chief operating officer for Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and chief nursing officer for the health system said express admit units are associated with reduced overall length of stay and improved patient outcomes and satisfaction.

“Our goal is to improve the care and experience for patients, and also to improve the way the system works for staff,” Bostic said. “We see an opportunity to do even more for patients and staff, and we’ll always be pursuing those kinds of enhancements in the care and services we deliver.”

Contact: Brian Hamby, Director of Owensboro Health Marketing & Public Relations, (O) 270-685-7749, (C) 270-316-4274,

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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