Published on November 07, 2019

Owensboro Health renames hospitality suites in honor of Waitman Taylor

By Ashley Sorce, Owensboro Times

Owensboro Health opened their hospitality suites in 2013, providing the family members of patients an affordable place to stay while their loved ones receive treatment. This week they renamed the suites after the late C. Waitman Taylor, Jr.

According to Owensboro Health CEO Greg Strahan, the idea for the hospitality suites came from Taylor, a long-time board member of the Owensboro Health Foundation who died in early 2019.

“This was his heart, really, to have the hospitality suites that are available for anybody, whether you have money or not,” Strahan said.

Owensboro Health offers single and double bedroom suites, accommodating four to six people as well as ADA compliant suites. Cost ranges from $25 to $35, but financial assistance is available.

According to Strahan, Taylor wanted to bring this amenity to Owensboro Health after experiencing similar hospitality suites at other hospitals around the country when his late wife was battling cancer.

“We want to rename these after Waitman, in honor of his work and accomplishments through the years for the foundation,” Strahan said.

A ceremony was held Monday revealing a plaque in Taylor’s honor and the official new name — C. Waitman Taylor, Jr. Hospitality Suites.

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.