Jerry Penner

Health
9:52 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Murray-Calloway County Hospital Turns Around Finances, Raising Its Credit Rating

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The Murray-Calloway County Hospital saw a much better year in 2014 than 2013, turning its finances around and earning a “stable” rating from Moody’s.

MCCH CEO Jerry Penner says the hospital like many others across the nation had negative ratings from the group. While admitted patients did increase nearly 4 percent at MCCH, Penner says that’s not the main reason the hospital’s finances improved.

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Government
4:48 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Beshear: Managed Care Initiative Running Smoothly

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Gov. Steve Beshear says the Medicaid managed care system is running smoothly, with payments being processed quickly and fewer complaints.

Beshear said Thursday that managed care, now in its second year statewide, is saving tax dollars while also helping to improve the health of Medicaid recipients by emphasizing prevention and wellness.

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Government
3:19 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Penner Wary About Local Affordable Care Act Impact

Credit Murray-Calloway County Hospital

Murray-Calloway County Hospital CEO Jerry Penner says a new federal healthcare policy will increase premium costs on rural consumers like those in western Kentucky.

Penner says the Affordable Care Act outlines policies on all Americans despite age or pre-existing conditions. 

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Society
3:19 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Murray Calloway Co. Hospital CEO on Affordable Care Act

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Kate Lochte speaks with Jerry Penner, Murray Calloway County Hospital CEO, about his perspective on changes in healthcare as the Affordable Care Act provisions start kicking in. He talks about the immediate scan of issues pertaining specifically to the hospital, the business prediction of the full impact of healthcare changes on the community, and how healthcare exchanges will work once implemented fully. Click here for more about the Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

Business
3:21 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Murray Calloway Co. Hospital CEO Talks Financial Trouble, Job Cuts

Last week, Murray Calloway County Hospital announced the elimination of 28 jobs. MCCH CEO Jerry Penner says the cuts are results of a turbulent healthcare environment including low patient volume and declining Medicaid reimbursements. Shelly Baskin speaks with Penner about the details surrounding the cuts, and the financial trouble related to Managed Care Organizations and the Affordable Care Act.

Front Page Episodes
1:45 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Front Page Sunday 1/6

There are host of issues awaiting Kentucky lawmakers when they get to Frankfort this Tuesday. From industrial hemp and a state-wide health benefits exchange to state pension reform and how student achievement data is used, they have a lot on their plates. We’ll look ahead to the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly. We’ll also hear a conversation with Murray Calloway County Hospital CEO Jerry Penner about how our region’s healthcare continues to develop, and speak with outgoing Kentucky Education Department Communications Director Lisa Gross to find out how learning in the state has grown over the last three decades.