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MCCH Announces Layoffs and Cost Cutting Measures


Murray Calloway County Hospital is laying off 28 employees and implementing other cost cutting measures this week. MCCH President Jerry Penner says in a press release that the cuts are a response to a $7.5 million shortfall in patient volume since last October and a decline in Medicaid reimbursements. Penner says the cuts are regrettable but necessary to keep the hospital running.

Shelly Baskin works in MSU's Office of Regional Outreach and is a graduate student in Occupational Safety and Health. A roustabout from Memphis, Tennessee, Shelly first found his way into WKMS through the newsroom back in 2011 through luck, charm and force of will. Though he left news for another position, he still enjoys working on independent radio projects and volunteering for the station. He’s an avid disc golfer and occasional real golfer and is terrible at both. A lover of all things musical, Shelly is always ready to hear something new and unique.