Published on March 30, 2020

National Doctors' Day: OH doctors have one request — stay healthy at home

By Renee Beasley Jones, Messenger-Inquirer

In the age of the coronavirus, it might be easy to miss National Doctors’ Day.

But Monday is National Doctors’ Day.

If we’re ever going thank them and appreciate them, now’s the time.

It seems the entire world rests in health professionals’ hands at this moment.

Dr. Bridget Burshears, medical director of Owensboro Health Regional Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, said the health system’s doctors feel the community’s support.

At several OH facilities, someone has drawn chalk art messages to show the medical staff some love in these trying times.

At one employee entrance, a message read: “Heroes enter here.”

Another message said: “Thank you!”

Businesses have donated supplies. Seamstresses across the community are sewing fabric surgical masks. People have fed health-care workers.

“These little gestures carry huge weight right now,” Burshears said. “... The community support means a lot to us.”

Businesses or groups that want to donate items or provide other means of support are asked not to call the health system. Instead, go to owensborohealth.org/SupportOH.

Burshears has been a physician for 15 years. She never dreamed of a health-care crisis like the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t think any of us had this concept,” Burshears said.

The fight against the pandemic changes constantly. Preparedness requires many hours of meetings daily on top of regular workloads.

“We’re all under stress to make sure we do the best for our patients,” Burshears said.

In the meantime, the doctors of OH have a request of the community: If people truly want to help, follow Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to stay “healthy at home.”

“(We) want everyone to do their best to stay at home if possible,” Burshears said.

And in honor of National Doctors’ Day, wash your hands twice.

Renee Beasley Jones, 270-228-2835, rbeasleyjones@messenger-inquirer.com.

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.