Published on November 17, 2020

Owensboro Health Enhances Visitor Restrictions

Heightened safety measures to go into effect Thursday

OWENSBORO, Ky. (November 17, 2020) As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region continues to rise, Owensboro Health is committed to keeping our patients and team members safe. After careful consideration, we are heightening our enhanced patient safety measures effective Thursday, November 19.

Notable changes include:

  • Inpatients and surgical procedure patients must designate only one support person to visit them during the duration of their stay. Limiting the amount of visitors in the hospital is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19.
    • This policy will be strictly enforced by requiring the designated support person to wear an arm band for their patient’s entire stay. This arm band should not be removed or shared with others.
    • Arm bands will be required to access public areas.
  • All patients (including Medical Office Building patients) and visitors must enter Entrance A of Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.
    • Patients and visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and visitors will be confirmed as a designated support person before entry.
    • Valet parking will be available at Entrance A only, with extended early hours.
  • Entrances A and B will close from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and the only after-hours entry will be through the Emergency Department.
  • All visitors with patients in the Emergency Department will be asked to remain in their cars unless they meet specific criteria. Exceptions include parents/guardians of a child age 17 and under, support persons for vulnerable elderly patients and support persons for patients with developmental disabilities.
  • Visitation policies are subject to change. Current policies can be found at OwensboroHealth.org/Visit.

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

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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 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 comprised of over 180 providers in 30 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility; and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. For more information, visit 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.