Published on June 13, 2024

Beth Steele named Chief Operating Officer for Owensboro Health

Beth Steele

Beth Steele has been named Chief Operating Officer for Owensboro Health, a newly created position that will focus on systemwide operations. Steele will retain her current roles as Chief Operating Officer for Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer for the health system. She began her new position on June 10.

As system COO, Steele will work to build standardized workflows and processes across the health system. Her areas of responsibility will include clinical operations, support services, and nursing services.  Her role will collaborate closely with the system CFO and CMO related to finance, quality, and patient safety.

“Owensboro Health is experiencing tremendous momentum as we grow our services, achieve new benchmarks in quality, expand our team and open new locations. 

With Beth’s proven leadership capabilities, we can make sure that all of the components in our system work well together. Our goal is consistently great care at every Owensboro Health location,” said Mark Marsh, president and CEO of Owensboro Health.

Steele joined Owensboro Health on January 10, 2022. Since arriving in Owensboro, she has been instrumental in forming Nursing Shared Governance, implemented multiple workforce innovations and sponsored process improvement processes like Gemba boards. Her teams have also led major projects to reduce patient falls and hospital-acquired infections while achieving OHRH’s best-ever Net Promoter Score in 2024. She previously served in leadership roles with OhioHealth and Premier Health.

Steele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Wright State University and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is credentialed as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

“I am honored to be a part of the Owensboro Health team and witness our amazing accomplishments over the past few years; we have raised the bar for quality and patient experience to ensure we are meeting our mission. But I believe we are just getting started on an exciting journey that ultimately positively impacts the communities we serve. Our health system is special in so many ways, and we have endless potential,” Steele said. 

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; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 350 providers at more than 30 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a weight management program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have more than 19,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 33,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 150 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 90,000 Emergency Department visits and more than 1.25 million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.