Published on May 20, 2019

Family Medicine Residency program earns accreditation

Program is a joint venture between Owensboro Health, University of Louisville

Owensboro, Ky. (May 20, 2019)– The Family Medicine Residency Program hosted by Owensboro Health and the University of Louisville has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Accreditation is a major milestone for the program, which is expected to welcome its first class of physicians in July 2020.

“The vision for this program is to bring outstanding physicians to this region and give them the right foundation to start their healthcare careers,” said Greg Strahan, president and CEO of Owensboro Health. “This achievement demonstrates that we are in excellent position to deliver on that vision and improve healthcare in Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana.”

The residency program will be run jointly by Owensboro Health and the University of Louisville and will have 18 total residents. The program was announced last September, and officials began the accreditation process earlier this year.

“Accreditation ensures that physicians who choose our residency program can count on an excellent educational experience,” said Dr. Francis DuFrayne, chief medical officer of Owensboro Health. “Our goal is to deliver quality in every component of the program, from the size of our classrooms to the experience of our faculty members.”

The residency is housed at Owensboro Health’s Parrish Avenue campus and its faculty are already offering healthcare services to the public, including primary care, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health and minor office surgery, said program director Jon Sivoravong, DO. The program’s core
faculty includes:

  • Jon C. Sivoravong, DO – FAAFP, associate professor with the University of Louisville School of Medicine’s Family & Geriatric Medicine Department
  • Darby Cole, MD – Owensboro Health Medical Group – Family Medicine (Beaver Dam)
  • Jody Mitchell, MD – Owensboro Health Medical Group – Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
  • Stephanie Hayden, MD – Owensboro Health Medical Group – Children’s Center
  • Shirl Nafziger-Lyne, MSW, LCSW – Owensboro Health Medical Group – Behavioral Services
  • Zack Ward, EdD – Owensboro Health Medical Education Coordinator

Additional faculty will consist of volunteers from the Owensboro Health medical staff and other physicians in the Owensboro area.

“I think residents will love what Owensboro Health has to offer: A first-class facility and a very good community to live in and build a practice,” Dr. Sivoravong said. “It’s an opportunity that will be extremely attractive to residents who want a unique experience.”

Steve Johnson, vice president of government and community affairs at Owensboro Health, said having this accreditation positions Owensboro Health as a regional and statewide leader in training the next generation of physicians.

“We have outstanding partnerships with medical schools across Kentucky and outside of our state, and this program opens the door to grow those relationships,” Johnson said. “Nearly half of the doctors who complete a residency program end up practicing within 50 miles of that program, so we are optimistic that many great physicians will end up calling Western Kentucky home.”

Johnson also emphasized the significant economic impact the program is expected to have on Daviess County and the surrounding area, citing numbers from a 2014 report sponsored by the American Medical Association:

  • A single physician supports a per-capita economic output of $2.2 million per year.
  • On average, each physician supports about 14 jobs.
  • On average, a single physician supports a total of $1.1 million in wages and benefits.

The residency program is the latest milestone in the redevelopment of the Parrish Avenue campus, which was home to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital until 2013, when the system opened a new hospital on Owensboro’s east side. The system has also remodeled the campus, added family medicine and other services, and is currently renovating the Owensboro Health Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

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

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.