WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon March 31, 2014
Owensboro Health Inks Deal To Operate Muhlenberg Co. Hospital
A new multi-year agreement means Owensboro Health will be taking over operations at Muhlenberg Community Hospital. The three-year contract officially takes effect May 1st, but hospital officials say the transition process has already begun. Owensboro Health President and CEO Philip Patterson says his company was looking for a “new and emerging” partner.
“We, as Owensboro Health are not looking to own all the hospitals and health networks of western Kentucky,” said Patterson "We’re looking for those established networks that will allow us to partner and bring the best and highest-quality of care to western Kentucky."
Patterson says residents in Muhlenberg County won’t notice any drastic, immediate changes.
“Our hope is that they will not see any significant change when it comes to the staffing or the look of Muhlenberg Community Hospital, unless it’s to the betterment of the hospital itself,” said Patterson.
Ed Heath, who has been with Owensboro Health since 2008, has been named the CEO of Muhlenberg Community Hospital. He’ll oversee the hospital’s 450 employees.