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  Long lines at social service centers are being reported across the state due to transitions in the public benefits system. Individuals desperate for dental relief have resorted to emergency room care.

The American Cancer Society predicts nearly 235,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. The key word is "invasive" says Murray Calloway County Hospital Wellness Works Coordinator Melissa Ross, because this form of breast cancer can be prevented with routine mammograms. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about their new breast cancer prevention awareness campaign at the hospital.

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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.


The Murray-Calloway County Hospital Board of Directors has formally moved to proceed with the construction of the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.

The planned six-bed, $3.5 million facility will be an acute care, inpatient facility that is specifically designed to address patients facing end-of-life scenarios.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Still Needed

Dec 10, 2013

There's still time for a moment of making people smile and help feed the hungry by being a Salvation Army Bell Ringer in Murray. The effort needs more Bell Ringer volunteers for five upcoming slots: this Saturday and next and the Monday and Tuesday of Christmas week.  Murray Calloway County Hospital Chaplain Kerry Lambert speaks with Kate Lochte.

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell visits Murray Thursday to speak with employees at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital. The Senate Minority Leader has held over 50 hospital town hall meetings to discuss the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare,’s impact on Kentucky and Kentucky businesses. 

Participate in National Cancer Prevention Study 3

Aug 7, 2013

Murray Calloway County Hospital’s Mary Heff and Melissa Ross speak with Kate Lochte about the National Cancer Prevention Study-3, at Murray September 19 – 21. It's a landmark study and opportunity in Murray for anyone between the ages of  30 and 65 years old. They talk about the first two studies: the first from the 1950s, was a look at how smoking relates to cancer; the second, from the 80s, centered around nutrition guidelines for preventative methods like how sitting longer shortens longetivity. The third study will consist of doing a survey at home and then going to the Murray Calloway County Hospital. The goal is to find links among people across the nation to find out what causes cancer and what can be done to prevent cancer. See more about this study.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital Vice President of Institutional Development, Keith Travis, gives us an update on fundraising for the Hospice House, speaking with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good. On April 24, "Kentucky Gives Day" was a statewide fundraising effort for various causes in Kentucky, which included the Friends of the Hospice. Travis told Murray Ledger & Times that Kentucky Gives Day was a great success for the Hospice House, enabling funding for the Hospice facility and manpower.

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.

We begin an occasional series called the WKMS Parenthood Project. Our Membership Coordinator and mother Jenni Todd hosts this series of conversations. The Parenthood Project strives to address topics important to parents working to balance daily life and family, and to raise happy healthy kids. Jenni speaks with Murray/Calloway County Hospitals Child Care Coordinator and Lactation Consultant Elisabeth Khadem about one of the first decisions after becoming a mother, how to feed the baby.