Published on March 20, 2024

Owensboro City Commission Hears Health System Update From President Marsh

Mark Marsh Presents

President Mark Marsh gave an update on Owensboro Health to the Owensboro City Commission last night, highlighting several recent accomplishments and crediting team members for the system’s success.

“We know the vital importance of healthcare to this community,” Marsh said. “That’s what drives us.”

One area of substantial growth, Marsh reported, is primary care—which has seen an increase of 20,000 visits and the addition of several providers in the last two years. Over 60 percent of patients are now able to schedule a primary care appointment within 14 days.

“Our motto is to keep healthcare local, and you’re seeing that strategy work with our three Healthplex facilities. People can stay close to home for their care.“

OH Administration Standing

Marsh also noted the substantial impact that physician recruitment has on the local economy, with each new doctor generating $3.2 million and creating 13 additional jobs. He said Owensboro Health added 49 providers in 2023, and the system’s retention rate was near 90 percent.

“Our system is nimble enough that physicians have a voice, and that’s a huge advantage over other places.”

Other highlights from Marsh’s report:

  • Owensboro Health has now performed over 100 robotic bronchoscopy procedures since acquiring the technology last summer.
  • OHRH has not had a single CAUTI infection in over a year.
  • Owensboro Health has been ranked among Kentucky’s Top 10 employers for Forbes.
  • The system has given 18 pay raises to its employees during Marsh’s tenure.
  • Owensboro Health provided over $8 million in charity care last year.
  • HealthForce is taking shape at the former Owensboro Health Business Center and will train 600-800 healthcare workers each year.

Marsh concluded his remarks by thanking the commission for its support of Owensboro Health and pledging to be a good community partner. Mayor Watson stated his appreciation for the work being done by the health system.

“As a healthcare provider myself for nearly five decades, I am amazed at all you do. We are honored to have your team here, and we appreciate your accomplishments on behalf of our community.”

Owensboro Health bylaws require the system to provide a report to both the City and the County each year. President Marsh presented to the Daviess County Fiscal Court on March 5. 

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.