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Mcclain Named Employee of the Month at MCCH

Murray-Calloway County Hospital recently named Jasmine McClain as the July 2021 Employee of the Month. McClain is the Endoscopy Registration Associate. She has served two years at MCCH.

Jasmine’s co-workers shared these comments:

“Jasmine is always helpful and kind, and has a positive attitude. She fosters positivity and unity in our department. She has a great rapport with coworkers and physicians.”  

“Jasmine always has a positive attitude. She works with our team in Endoscopy and is very helpful. She tirelessly does things for others. Jasmine is kind and helpful to patients and coworkers.  

“Jasmine is a hard worker. She is great with patients and is very helpful to the endoscopy department. She goes above and beyond her job title and deserves recognition for her hard work. “ 

“Very friendly with patients and coworkers. Always offering to help.”

Photo – Endoscopy staff Carla Ross, Michaela Curtiss, Jasmine McClain, Endoscopy Registration, July Employee of the Month, Kesha Murphy, Carrie Hunter, and Erika Junkins

Inset – Left to Right: Jasmine McClain, Endoscopy Registration, July Employee of the Month, with Jerry Penner, CEO

For more information, contact the Marketing Department at 270.762.1382.

CEO Penner Donates Clubs to Junior Golf Program

Jerry Penner, CEO of MCCH recently donated 10 sets of golf clubs for the junior golf program at Oaks Country Club in Murray.

“I enjoy giving back to the youth in our community. I’ve always been involved coaching in youth sports and golf is such a great sport to learn. It doesn’t matter your age or size and you can start young and enjoy playing throughout your life,” said Jerry Penner, CEO.

Pictured left to right: Tim Thurmond, Oaks Country Club President, Trinity Norsworthy, Taylor Holland, and Jerry Penner, CEO at MCCH.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Ambulance Service Recognized for Their Pediatric Program

Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Ambulance Service was recently recognized for receiving the 2021 KYEMSC Voluntary EMS Pediatric Recognition Program by the KY EMS for Children Advisory Committee and the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

“We are excited that our Ambulance service was recognized for going beyond what is required by the state in pediatric care for the third consecutive year. It’s a great recognition for our group,” said Marty Barnett, Director of Ambulance Service.

KYEMSC developed the Voluntary EMS Pediatric Recognition program to acknowledge EMS agencies who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to meeting the additional program requirements.

To be recognized, an agency must designate a pediatric emergency care coordinator to ensure integration of the unique needs of pediatric patients into all aspects of emergency care, comply with national recommendations for pediatric equipment carried on the ambulance and engage in pediatric-focused community outreach activities. There are also requirements for additional pediatric-related continuing education and annual demonstration of pediatric skill competency for all EMTs and paramedics.

Richardson Named Employee of the Year at Murray-Calloway County Hospital

Shelly Houston, Registered Nurse in Pre-Anesthesia Testing, has been named the 2019 Employee of the Year at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

A 30-year employee, Houston was nominated by her peers and chosen by the MCCH executive team as the Employee of the Month in February 2019. She was named Employee of the Year out of all twelve monthly award winners.

When Houston was nominated as the February 2019 Employee of the Month, she was working in the Emergency Department, her work home for many years.

“I was so surprised and honored to be awarded this title. I definitely was not expecting to be the Employee of the Year,” said Shelly.

Shelly screens patients prior to surgical procedures in the Outpatient Surgery Department. Although she is new to this role, she has many years of experience and service at MCCH in Nursing.

Shelly commented, “I love taking care of patients every day. In all my years of nursing, I usually don’t see people on their best days. I enjoy getting to help them and care for them.”

Pictured left to right: Jerry Penner, CEO at MCCH with Shelly Houston, RN, 2019 MCCH Employee of the Year

MCCH Celebrated National Hospital and Nurses Week

Murray-Calloway County Hospital recently celebrated National Hospital Week and National Nurses week with a variety of activities.

Nurses enjoyed a luncheon in their honor and all employees celebrated with the annual Pancake Breakfast, Wellness Wednesday, and a Friday cookout that ended the week.

“This year’s hospital week has provided us an opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to our more than 1,000 employees and physicians,” said Jerry Penner, CEO. “This week’s celebrations are just a small way for us to give back and celebrate their unwavering commitment during a challenging year.”

MCCH Plans to Open New Renovated Lab Department

Murray-Calloway County Hospital recently renovated a new Clinical Laboratory Department on the first floor of the North Tower. The new Lab area will provide additional space for offices and storage, and a larger lab area giving staff the ability to do more tests efficiently. This gives our physicians the timeliest information to aid them in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients, which is crucial to the patient’s plan of care. Approximately 70% of medical decisions are based on lab results.

The Laboratory consists of Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank, Microbiology, and Pathology Departments all staffed with dedicated employees utilizing the most up-to-date instrumentation available to provide the most accurate and timely results.

MCCH Celebrates National Nurses Week

There is a week each year that the nation takes to celebrate and recognize the incredible work of our nurses. Though a week is far too short to pay homage to the incredible work they do every day, Murray-Calloway County Hospital is excited to celebrate National Nurses Week this May 6 to 12.

We all remember this time last year quite vividly. We paid close attention to the news and our healthcare organizations as we watched for more information in a time of such uncertainty. Last year, we were unable to celebrate Nurses Week with the sweet treats and group celebrations like we wanted to. Instead, our nurses were faced with difficult circumstances, some with even longer hours and, often times, tears and group air hugs for comfort.

During the past year, we faced challenges affecting our personal lives we’ve never encountered before: supply shortages in grocery stores, closures of favorite restaurants, limited access to services we took for granted, remote and hybrid schooling for grades K- 12 and constraints on family gatherings. There were also restrictions imposed on domestic and international travel. Nurses Week is a time to pause and reflect on the lived experiences of nurses.

Rising to the Challenge

At work, nurses encountered limitations on supplies. Personal protective equipment became a scarce commodity. The level of care increased to address preventive measures. Patients testing positive for COVID-19 needed higher levels of treatment and interventions from multiple professionals. Plus, restrictions were placed on visitors. No visitors for patients and residents required virtual electronic visits adding to a nurse’s responsibilities. During end-of-life care, nurses became the patient care provider and family support for patients and their loved ones. Many healthcare workers self-isolated from their families to prevent exposing loved ones to the virus.

Miraculously, nurses rose to the challenge. Nurses demonstrated flexibility to adapt and overcome these hurdles. Screening and testing for the virus became a new standard. Appointments for healthcare transitioned from office appointments to telehealth engagements. Triage nurses became skilled at screening care needs and promoting technology. Family visits became scheduled times with iPads and cellphones. Cleaning and disinfecting were taken to a whole new level. Additional precautions were implemented to halt the spread of the virus.

MCCH Nurses will be recognized in 2021 with a luncheon, scrub sale and chair massages, as well as, a gift to show appreciation for the dedication to our patients and families.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital Announces Retirement of Paula Shaw With 49 Years of Service

Paula Shaw, Laboratory Secretary retires from Murray-Calloway County Hospital after 49 years and five months of service. She was recently celebrated at a retirement party and presented with a coin of excellence for her dedication and service to the hospital. During her first four years at MCCH Paula performed EKGs and then transitioned to the Secretary position in Lab where she retired.

“I just keep telling myself that I’m on vacation so I can handle retirement,” she said. “I have loved working with a great group of people throughout the years.” “The biggest change has been the computer system – when I first started I didn’t even have a typewriter.”

“Also I can’t wait to have more time and help Coach Cal with my UK basketball team!” she laughed.

Paula is married to her husband Don of 40 years and they have one son, Tyler, who lives in Murray and is employed by Kingdom Trust. During her retirement, Paula plans to have a big flower garden, enjoy her humming birds and spend time in her pool. She would also like to travel when conditions get safer.

Murray Orthopaedics’s Dr. Richard Blalock II Focuses on the Importance of Sports Medicine

Dr. Richard Blalock, II has been with Murray Orthpaedics since 2016. His specialty is focusing on the sports medicine side of orthopaedics.

He graduated from Murray High School prior to graduating Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He continued his education at Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, TN, where he received his medical degree. His orthopaedic surgery residency program was completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Blalock continued his medical training by completing a specialty fellowship program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery.

He has been working as the Racer Athletics Team Physician at Murray State University since he returned. He works with athletes who are facing injuries or other conditions in their:

  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Nerves

“If you’ve ever injured a bone, joint, or muscle, you know it’s a serious injury – and that your treatment can mean the difference between disability and independence. It’s best to seek out excellent care right away to ensure the injury heals correctly,” Dr. Blalock said.

“Some bone or muscle conditions may just need simple treatments, such as medications and therapy. Others may require surgery, physical therapy, and time off. The sooner you work with an orthopedist – a physician who specializes in bones, muscles, and joints – the better your outcomes will be,” he concluded.

The focus in sports medicine is to develop a treatment plan tailored to relieve pain, build back strength and coordination, and get patients back to their regular routine as quickly as possible.

Murray Orthopaedics offers a wide range of preventive care and treatment options for injuries and conditions related to competitive and recreational athletics. Sports-related injuries require specialized care to promote optimum healing. We focus on promoting and maintaining an active lifestyle through non-operative rehabilitation programs and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical procedures.

Using the most up-to-date arthroscopic techniques, our surgeons are specialists in repairing joint damage to the knee, ankle, shoulder, hip, or elbow. Our team works with patients to minimize disabilities resulting from sports injuries and conditions and to maximize quality of life.

Dr. Blalock has also expanded his practice to include the use of a NanoScope™ and is the only orthopaedic surgeon in the region currently offering this technique. The NanoScope™ operative arthroscopy imaging system from Arthrex® is the first medical-grade, 3-in-1, chip-on-tip, single-use camera system. It is a diagnostic and treatment tool advancement allowing surgeons to directly visualize and treat common joint conditions in a less invasive, more convenient, and more efficient manner.

For more information on sports medicine orthopaedics, call the Marketing Dept. at 270.762.1381 or for additional information.

Murray Regional Vaccination Now Scheduling Appointments for April 15th & 16th

The Murray Regional Vaccination Clinic is administering vaccines to the community by scheduling online appointments for first doses.

  • Appointments are now available for Prime Doses (first doses) at the Murray Regional Vaccination Site located at the CFSB on the campus of Murray State University:

Thursday, April 15 – 11:45 am – 6 pm
Friday, April 16 – 8 am – 2:15 pm

Appointments currently available for those 18 years of age and older.

Please visit to schedule. Make sure you select April 15th or 16th to see available appointments. (Moderna Vaccine, age 18 yo. and older) The Murray Regional Vaccine Site is now available for appointments.

If you, or a loved one, are homebound – please contact the Calloway County Health Department at (270) 753-3381. The Calloway County Health Department is receiving a small weekly allocation of vaccine to administer to those who are homebound, do not have internet access, or who are otherwise vulnerable.

For media requests about the Covid-19 vaccine availability at MCCH, call the Marketing Dept. at 270.762.1381 or for additional information.