Published on March 10, 2017

Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital Earns Hospital, Home Health Accreditations From The Joint Commission

(from left): Director of Quality and Patient Safety Melissa Calloway, CEO Dr. Ed Heath, CNO Kathy Mitchell, RN and Director of Home Care Darla West, RN.

Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for both Hospital and Home Health Accreditation, after demonstrating continuous compliance in the areas of quality and safety. 

Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced two-day survey by Joint Commission surveyors in December 2016. The survey team, which included physician and nurse experts, evaluated compliance with hospital and home care standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

Dr. Ed Heath, CEO of Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, said the survey process looked deeply at the workings at the facility and its related services.

“Every team member plays a role in a successful Joint Commission Accreditation Survey,” Dr. Heath said. “Our ability to work well together and implement approaches that improve safety, quality and value of healthcare for our community was recognized by the surveyors during their closing review.”

One area that performed especially well was Home Care, said Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Mitchell, RN.

During the survey there were no nursing deficiency findings, no medical staff deficiencies, and no medication management deficiencies, all of which are not uncommon to find in a survey,” Mitchell said. “There’s a lot of hard work demonstrated in the survey results.”

Dr. Heath said he is very pleased with the survey findings and with his staff’s dedication and performance.

“We have a great team,” Dr. Heath said. “I think it's a great accomplishment.”

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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