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Murray-Calloway County Hospital Recognizes National CRNA Week

Murray-Calloway County Hospital recognizes 2021 National CRNA Week and the Murray Anesthetists Group (MAG) for providing care for the patients at MCCH.

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“Murray Anesthetists Group would like to thank Murray-Calloway County Hospital for their continued support and allowing us the opportunity to provide anesthesia services. We consider ourselves lucky to be a part of such a unique community hospital that provides patient care with a more personal touch. We have a young group of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists that enjoy Murray and the surrounding area. We all have families and are involved in many community activities. We enjoy participating in the growth of Murray and Murray-Calloway County Hospital. 

Murray Anesthetists Group’s goal is to provide the best anesthesia care for our patients. In addition to traditional anesthesia services, we specialize in tailoring anesthesia to our patient’s needs.  We offer various nerve blocks and other techniques enabling our patients the option of quicker discharges and better pain control. We take pride in hearing back from our patients and knowing we had a positive impact on their surgical experience. We look forward to providing anesthesia services for our patients many years to come,” said Brian Daniel, Nurse Anesthetist with MAG.

Since 2000, National CRNA Week has been the AANA’s annual celebration of the nation’s nearly 57,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists who safely and cost-effectively provide more than 49 million anesthetics each year.

This CRNA Week, we want to reflect on their heroic work and look forward to a future of providing safe and effective anesthesia care to all patients.

Today, CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) practice in every type of healthcare setting in which anesthesia is delivered, the resolution stated. They safely deliver more than 45 million anesthetics to patients each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, trauma stabilization, and pain management services.

Pictured left to right: Skylar Pharris, CRNA, Brian Daniel, CRNA, Josh Lee, CRNA, Jenny Green, CRNA, Margaret Daniel, CRNA, and Ashley Young, CRNA.
NOT PICTURED: Amy Lockwood, Larissa Bazzell, Maria Jennings, Michael Crider, and Andrew Birky, CRNAs.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital Begins Adminstering Second Dose of Vaccine to Employees

Murray-Calloway County Hospital begins giving second doses of the
COVID-19 vaccine to MCCH employees who have already received their first dose. Meet Sarah Goad, RN, who works on 5 South – the Covid Floor at MCCH. She describes the importance of receiving the vaccine for her personally.

“I was very ready to get the second dose for many reasons and am hoping the vaccine will stop the spread and we can slow it down.

I have a sister, mom, and father-in-law that are all immunocompromised. I also have a 5 yr. old special needs daughter who is nonverbal and would not be able to tell me if she was hurting or having a hard time. I just have to go off of her cues.

People still don’t realize until it’s their loved ones that have been in the hospital for a while how serious it is. I don’t want to lose more patients either – it’s taking a toll on me and all of us.

However, I’m very lucky to work with the ones I do – I’ve worked here for 4 years and have worked directly with the Covid patients since the pandemic began.  

Our Covid team has gone above and beyond. It’s a bond we don’t get to necessarily have with other patients because we spend a lot more time with them – whether they’re scared or getting ready to go on the vent, we’re there to care for them and hold their hand,” said Sarah, RN.

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.

Lambros Michailidis, MD, Earns Board Certification in Gastroenterology

Dr. Lambros, has been certified in Gastroenterology from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Board certification from ABIM is the highest standard in internal medicine and its subspecialties and signifies that physicians have demonstrated to their peers and to the public that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for providing excellent patient care.

Dr. Lambros obtained his medical degree in Greece, worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and then completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Kentucky, where he was also the chief gastroenterology fellow.

Board certification is voluntary and includes a rigorous exam that tests a physician’s ability to diagnose and treat patients with a broad range of conditions. To maintain certification, physicians can participate in activities that assess knowledge of the latest scientific developments and changes in practice and in specialty areas.

Internists and subspecialists who earn and maintain board certification from ABIM differentiate themselves every day through their specialized knowledge and commitment to continual learning in service of their patients.

Dr. Lambros is employed at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, alongside Dr. Monte Finch and the practice of West Kentucky Gastroenterology.  If you have any questions, please contact the Marketing Department at 270.762.1381 or visit

Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Blood Donor Center Recognizes National Blood Donor Month

This January, Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s (MCCH) Blood Donor Center recognizes National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contribution of blood and platelet donors.

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital has one of only two hospital-based blood banks in the state of Kentucky, which means the blood you donate here, stays here.

“We’re still in need for all blood types and want to remind the community that all of the blood we collect stays right here for patients at our hospital,” said Janet, Blood Donor Recruiter at MCCH.

By donating blood with a donor group or an individual donation, you are helping children, adults, accident victims, those undergoing surgery and possibly even a family member, co-worker or friend.
Blood Facts:
– On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed for patients in the US
– One in 10 people entering a hospital need blood
– Approximately 38% of the population is eligible to donate
– There is no substitute for human blood
– The average adult body contains 10-12 pints of blood

Giving blood is safe, easy, fast and saves lives. The process takes five to 10 minutes and afterwards you relax with refreshments. The entire process takes less than one hour.

For more information on how you can donate to the Blood Donor Center at MCCH or to schedule an appointment, call 270.762.1119. Each blood donor receives a Blood Donor Center t-shirt.

Donation Hours: MCCH Blood Donor Center – located in the Medical Arts Building – East Wing
Monday-Thursday – 7 am – 5 pm.

Pictured left to right: Janet Valadez, Blood Donor Recruiter for nine years and Lab Assistant, Jerrica Bradley who is also a Blood Donor.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital Announces Retirement of Linda Cavitt, Director of Laboratory Services

Linda Cavitt, Director of Laboratory Services retires from Murray-Calloway County Hospital after 37 years of service. After graduating high school at the young age of 16, she wasn’t sure which direction to take so she started at Henderson Community College where her sister was beginning the Lab Tech program and she decided to do the same. After graduating, she worked in Mayfield and then began her career at MCCH as an afternoon Lab Tech. She continued her training, then transitioned to Quality Control, and then worked as the Chemistry Coordinator. In 2001, she became the Laboratory Interim Director and ended up remaining in that role until retirement.

“The people I work with have kept me here,” she said. “The biggest change has been the growth and the addition of the South Tower, it seems like we always have construction taking place.”

Linda is married to her husband Bob of 41 years and they have two daughters, Kemmerli and Katie and three grandchildren. During her retirement, Linda plans to spend time being a full time Nonnie but also can’t wait to travel and ride horses more. She would also like to garden and work in her yard and is looking forward to a planned trip this summer to Mackinac Island in Michigan.

It’s a Girl! Murray-calloway County Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2021

William and Perricellia Feckley of Murray started off 2021 as the proud new parents of their 6 pound, 10 ounce, baby girl, Taylor Rose Feckley who was 19.25 inches long.

They welcomed baby girl Taylor at 3:33 am on January 4th with Dr. Matt Price, OB/GYN, of Women’s Health of Murray delivering.

The Feckley’s met while in high school at Calloway County and have been married for three years. This was their first baby.

“She’s so cute and we just love her. The hardest part has been not being able to have family here due to COVID.” said Perricellia.

The couple received various gifts for being the first baby of the New Year from Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

The Feckley family looks forward to starting 2021 welcoming Taylor Rose to the world.

Pictured left to right: Jennifer Lykes, Director of Perinatal Services, William and Perricellia Feckley shown with baby Feckley.

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.