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Murray-Calloway County Hospital Scheduling Vaccine Appointments for Local Healthcare Workers

Murray-Calloway County Hospital, in collaboration with the Calloway County Health Department, is administering vaccines to local healthcare workers by appointment. Healthcare workers as defined by the Kentucky COVID 19 Vaccination Plan do not need to be an employee of the hospital to schedule an appointment.

If you are a healthcare worker (i.e. nurse, therapist, dentistry associate, pharmacist, home health aide, etc.) in Calloway County who has yet to be contacted or received the opportunity to be vaccinated, please contact us at 270.762.1526 to set up your appointment.

If you are an organization that employs healthcare workers and have at least ten (10) healthcare workers to receive the vaccine, Murray-Calloway County Hospital will send a vaccination team to your location. Please email to schedule an onsite clinic.

In accordance with the Kentucky COVID 19 Vaccination Plan, we will continue to keep the public informed on any updates as to when the vaccine is approved and available to give to other members of the community. If you should have any questions regarding the vaccine, please use the COVID-19 Hotline below.

The COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725 can answer general COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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

Purpose Church Donates Meals to Murray-Calloway County Hospital

Purpose Church went above and beyond by providing Pagliai’s pizza to over 700 of our employees at Murray-Calloway County Hospital and Spring Creek Health Care. This donation was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the church requested to feed as many employees as possible including night shift. Pizza was delivered over 4 days to cover most of our organization.
“Our employees say “Thank You” to Purpose Church and the community for their continued support during this pandemic. Providing food for our entire staff was much appreciated during this busy holiday season,” said Melony Bray, Director of Planning & Marketing.

Pictured left to right: John Wilson, Chief Operations Officer, Jerry Penner, CEO, Dustin McClain, Lead Pastor of Purpose Church, and Kyle Howard, Executive Pastor of Operators

MCCH Cafeteria will CLOSE TO PUBLIC Friday, Nov. 20th at 2 pm.

In compliance with the new mandates, MCCH’s Cafeteria will close tomorrow at 2 pm to the PUBLIC. However, we will reopen at 5 pm and be available for all employees during regular cafeteria hours. The cafeteria can be used during breaks while maintaining the 6 ft. social distancing guidelines and appropriate use of masks.

Murray Calloway County Hospital is reinstating a ‘NO VISITOR’ Policy effective Thursday November 19, 2020.

Due to the sustained and accelerating increase of new COVID-19 cases, incidence rate, and positivity in Calloway County, MCCH will be restricting visitors to the hospital, procedural areas, and clinics. There will be limited exceptions for minors, end of life situations, and those patients who need assistance from a personal care attendant. We are taking every precaution to continue to ensure that our patients can receive the care that they need in a safe environment. During this time of critical community spread, we ask for your compliance and cooperation.

There are currently over 100 active COVID-19 patients admitted to area hospitals. Please be diligent to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

How can you help reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations?

Our hospital systems remain devoted to this community, and we are prepared to care for you and your loved ones if you need us, but we need your help.

“We are all in this together” has never been truer than it is right now in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. In the western Kentucky/southern Illinois region, this means a shared feeling of sacrifice, resilience and endurance. For the region’s major health care providers, it also means our commitment to work together to serve you – our community – and advance the care of all of our patients.

Our hospitals have also partnered with local and state health and emergency management departments to speak with one voice and to work as a unified team throughout this pandemic. Our strength is in our shared mission to protect lives, care for the stricken, and work together to face this virus using our best resources.

Our health care teams and administrations are working together. We are supporting one another so that we can protect you. We will remain steadfast in that commitment until this COVID-19 threat is eradicated.

We cannot do this alone. We need your help and cooperation. This pandemic is not a threat that can be solely tackled within the four walls of a hospital. Success is in our collective hands. If everyone follows these three simple steps, we will no doubt see a vast improvement in the number of COVID-19 diagnoses:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Distance yourself from others in public

By following these guidelines, our communities have the ability to make a tremendous impact on the progression of the virus. Our actions in the coming days and months will be critical in our efforts to minimize hospitalizations and return to our lives with friends and family.

We are far stronger working together as health partners and as a community than we could ever be alone.


Mike Yungmann, President Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital
Chris Roty, President Baptist Health Paducah
David Anderson, CEO Jackson Purchase Medical Center 
Jerry Penner, CEO Murray Calloway County Hospital
David Fuqua, CEO/Administrator Marshall County Hospital
John Sumner, CEO Trigg County Hospital                               
Dan Odegaard, CEO Caldwell Medical Center
Liz Snodgrass, CEO Livingston Hospital & Healthcare Services
Jon Gleason, CEO Crittenden Community Hospital
Rick Goins, CEO Massac Memorial Hospital
Lee Gentry, CEO Continue Care Hospital of Paducah
Jeremy Jeffrey, Mercy Regional EMS
Kent Koster, Purchase District Health Department
Billie Newbury, Preparedness Coordinator Region 1
Jerome Mansfield, McCracken County Kentucky Emergency Management Director
James Tolley, Interim Director Pennyrile District Health Department

Murray-Calloway County Hospital Welcomes Dr. Karomibal Mejia, Interventional Cardiologist to Murray

Murray-Calloway County Hospital is pleased to welcome Karomibal Mejia, MD, Interventional Cardiologist who is focused on carotid, coronary and vascular disease.

Dr. Mejia completed his medical degree at Universidad Autonoma De Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic and completed his residency at Bronx Lebanon & Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, in Internal Medicine. He continued his education by completing a Cardiology fellowship and an Interventional / Endovascular Cardiology fellowship at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, Echocardiography, Nuclear cardiology and is as well registered physician in vascular ultrasound interpretation.

He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Vascular Medicine, and the American Medical Association.

He is married to his wife, Belisa, and they have one child. During his spare time, he enjoys reading, biking, and going to the gym.

Dr. Mejia will join Dr. Ali Homayuni at Murray-Calloway County Hospital and the practice of Murray Cardiology Associates to lead the Murray Heart and Vascular program.  If you have any questions, please contact the Marketing Department at 270.762.1381 or visit

MCCH Service of Remembrance Postponed Until 2021

Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s 36th Annual Service of Remembrance scheduled for December 1 has been postponed at this time.

The Service of Remembrance is held every year as a way to remember loved ones who have passed away during the year at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, Spring Creek Health Care, and in Hospice.  The service will be tentatively rescheduled for early in 2021 depending on COVID restrictions in place at that time.

For more information on the Service of Remembrance, contact Kerry Lambert, Chaplain, Pastoral Care at MCCH, at 270-762-1274

Jazzercize Murray donates to the “call out cancer” campaign for a new regional cancer center

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Jazzercise Murray in conjunction with B U Yoga Studio raised over $550 for Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s “Call Out Cancer” Campaign to build a new regional cancer center. The funds donated will go directly toward the building project.

“We certainly appreciate our community supporters and the creative way Jazzercise hosted a free, socially distanced community wellness event to get people involved to donate,” said Lisa Shoemaker, Senior Philanthropy Officer.

The Enduring Hope “Call Out Cancer” telethon supported the building of a new regional cancer center to care for families within our region. The funds raised will support new cancer technology including a new linear accelerator, chemotherapy room, and infusion center.

“Owning a boutique fitness studio in Murray, I fervently support the health and wellness of our clients. But I also grew up here and care about my friends, neighbors, and our community. Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. Just in my own family, we’ve had family members fight thyroid, breast, skin, and colorectal cancer. There are so many things to deal with when receiving a cancer diagnosis, I just don’t believe that having to worry about where to go for treatment should be one of them,” said Beth Podrovitz, Jazzercise Murray.

2020 ALS Virtual Walk

Murray-Calloway County Hospital was proud to sponsor this year’s ALS Virtual Walk. MCCH focuses on supporting community health initiatives and was proud to be a $1,000 sponsor of the event hosted by the ALS Association in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Pictured left to right: Jerry Penner, CEO of MCCH and Mitzi Cathey, Radiological Technologist and 39-year employee at the hospital who serves as the ALS representative for Team Brad.