Corinne Boyer

In April, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Greenup County, Kentucky, joined a long list of hospitals that have closed in the Ohio Valley. Fewer hospitals can mean longer travel times for rural residents, which can make a single hospital trip daunting.

Greenup County resident Tiffany Wilburn-Meek says that means a 45-minute drive for some residents to reach the closest hospital. 

“Like the road to my grandmother's house, you are going to have to go a certain speed because it is just too skinny and too narrow,” Wilburn-Meek said. “And especially if it's dark or anything you have to be careful because if you were to go too fast and you ran into somebody, you wouldn't be able to stop in time.”


Owensboro Medical Health System plans to raze part of its existing facilities as it prepares to open a new hospital next year. OMHS will continue to use four of its existing buildings, including the Mitchell Cancer Center, the Breckenridge medical office building, the emergency department building, and a parking garage.

Gordon Wilkerson, OMHS

A medical team in Owensboro is preparing to use a robotic surgical unit to perform a single-incision gall bladder removal. Friday's procedure at Owensboro Medical Health System will use a device known as the da Vinci Surgical System, which has been in use there since 2009.