Published on February 14, 2017

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Installs New “Care Boards” In Patient Rooms [VIDEO]

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital has installed redesigned dry-erase boards in patient rooms, adding new features to enhance clinical communication and patient satisfaction.

The new “care boards” make it easier for clinical staff and providers to communicate, while involving and empowering patients and families in the care process, said Debbie Bostic, RN, chief operating officer at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and chief nursing officer for the health system.

“We believe the new boards are a tremendous improvement to the patient experience,” Bostic said. “They contain much more information than standard boards and were customized to fit the needs of patients.”

The care boards are designed to provide at-a-glance information about a patient’s care. This includes discharge plans, pain and mobility levels, dietary restrictions, daily goals and the patient’s care team. Graphic design specialists within the health system contributed by enhancing the visual appeal of the boards, making them more patient-friendly by adding brighter colors and graphics, said Joni Sims, director of nursing at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

“Over the past six months, we’ve molded the traditional whiteboard into a much more effective communication tool,” Sims said. “Everything listed on the board is based on patient and clinician feedback. This is information people really want and need to see.”

Boards have also been installed in the emergency department and intensive care unit at Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, with more to be installed throughout that hospital in the coming weeks.

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

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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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