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Kentucky’s prescription drug monitoring program, known as KASPER, is partnering with Owensboro Health to speed up the time it takes physicians to get a patient’s prescription history. 

When doctors prescribe controlled substances, state law requires them to run a KASPER report to ensure patients aren’t visiting multiple doctors to get illicitly obtain prescription pain killers.  The process takes a minimum of 16 steps to pull one KASPER report through the state’s portal, according to Jean Hall, KASPER Integration Project Manager with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

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Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is now one of just ten Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Ready--or “SANE”--facilities in the state.

The SANE certification was created by the state legislature and signed into law in 2016. The 100-hour training program is available to registered nurses in the state.

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A program to train more primary care physicians in Owensboro is among 70 programs Governor Matt Bevin has tapped for elimination due to budget constraints, but architects of the project say it will move forward. 

In a budget address to the Kentucky legislature Tuesday, Governor Bevin proposed eliminating state funds for a three-year family medical residency program, which is a partnership between Owensboro Health and the University of Louisville. 

While still in the planning phase, Owensboro Health Marketing and Public Relations Director Brian Hamby said the health system isn't worried about the future of the project.

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A hospital in Daviess County is using new technology to connect parents with their babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital has installed a camera system that allows parents to view images of their child on a secure, web-based video stream. The Owensboro Health Foundation funded $50,700 for equipment, installation, training, and a one-year remove service contract to help get the system up and running.

Owensboro Health’s NICU medical director, Dr. Bridget Burshears, said the new camera system allows parents with a child in the NICU to see images of their baby at any time.

"Any parent who has signed up for the program can log on to the internet website, and log in with a specific log-in name and password for that specific baby, and be able to see that infant in their isolator crib, and see what they are doing at any given time,” Dr. Burshears said.

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It's the last week of preparations before Saturday's official opening of the new Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. The 447-bed facility sits on 162 acres of land in eastern Owensboro, and is opening this weekend after three years of construction.

Owensboro Health spokesman Gordon Wilkerson says the hospital has been trying to make the transition as painless as possible.

"We'll be identifying patients who will still be in the hospital Saturday morning and who will need to be moved to the new facility. And we're working closely with their family members to ensure they have at least one family member present during the move," said Wilkerson.

The final price tag for the new hospital on Pleasant Valley drive was $385 million, and was paid for by a bond issue in 2010. Wilkerson said the costs associated with the new facility will not lead to increased care costs for patients.