Published on April 23, 2020

We're lucky to have great hospitals in our area

Published in the Messenger Inquirer, April 23, 2020

I want to acknowledge and thank the emergency room doctors and healthcare workers at Ohio County Hospital for the care I received and for making the right decisions for my well-being.

I thank them for arranging my transfer to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. There was no time wasted. I am very grateful to Ohio County Hospital. I feel their quick action was critical to my recovery. I also want to acknowledge the courage and dedication of everyone at Ohio County Hospital and Owensboro Health Regional Hospital who cared for me during my illness. For several days, it was almost certain I had COVID-19, but the brave men and women cared for me as they would any patient. I did not have the virus, but severe double pneumonia. I was at death's door for several days.

I am extremely grateful and humbled by the prayers from everyone concerned for my health. My wife (Shelia) told me I was on several prayer lists. I feel I would not have survived without the prayers of sincere people and dedicated workers at Ohio County Hospital and OH. Thanks to my family and friends who were concerned for me. I am very grateful.

In difficult times, it is very comforting to know we have so many truly special people.

Michael Thomas, Beaver Dam

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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; 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.