The MURRAY bank and independence bank donate 1,000 masks to mcch

Banks Donate Masks to MCCHThe Murray Bank and Independence Bank partnered together to donate 1,000 masks to Murray-Calloway County Hospital which will be used for employees and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is essentially important for communities to band together right now with every resource possible,” said Tim Stark, VP Marketing at The Murray Bank. “The healthcare providers in our community help protect and care for our neighbors, friends, family members, patrons, and colleagues. The more we work together and assist our healthcare providers when needed, the faster we can help move past this.”

For more information about other positive stories like these during the COVID-19 pandemic, please call the Marketing Dept. at 270.762-1381.

Pictured left to right: Keith Travis, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Tim Stark, VP Marketing at The Murray Bank, Heidi Schultz, County President of Independence Bank, and Jerry Penner, CEO at MCCH.


ASHLAND CHEMICAL DONATES 35 gallons of hand sanitizer to mcch

Ashland Chemical donates hand sanitizer
Brett Bierbaum, Engineer at Ashland Chemical delivers 35 gallons of hand sanitizer on behalf of Ashland Chemical in Calvert City, KY and Plant Manager Frank Stevens to Murray-Calloway County Hospital. This donation was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have questions, or would like to donate to the Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, please contact Keith Travis, Chief Philanthropy Officer at 270.227.0253.



At this time, we want to reassure the community that Murray-Calloway County Hospital (MCCH) has enough protective equipment to care for our community and our staff is equipped to provide the care needed. However, if this situation becomes critical in Calloway County, we want to be prepared so the Foundation will be collecting commercial grade donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital and clinic use. The Foundation at MCCH is currently accepting PPE donations that include face shields, N95 3M 1860 masks, protective eyewear, goggles, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and other supplies required for staff safety. The PPE will then be distributed to medical personnel to use while interacting with possible (PUI) and known COVID-19 patients.

Many neighbors and community groups have asked about making cards to let the medical staff who are working around the clock know they are thinking of them. The easiest and most effective way to share your sentiments is through a simple cell phone video. If you would like to send a message of support, please email a video no longer than 20 seconds to The videos will be shared throughout the hospital areas to employees.

If members of the community have medical supplies or comfort care items to donate, they should contact Keith Travis, Philanthropy Officer, at or at 270.227.0253 or 270.762.1908 so a drop off time and location can be arranged and donations put into the right hands quickly.

“It’s amazing how people can come together to support one another in a time of crisis,” said Murray-Calloway County Hospital CEO, Jerry Penner. “We’ve seen many posts from friends and neighbors offering donations to help the staff at MCCH. The entire campus community deeply appreciates the outpouring of support. We are grateful for the community’s willingness to help one another. We’re all in this together.”



Jimmy and Dot Rickman recently made a donation of $25,000 to the Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital in support of the Enduring Hope Campaign for the building of a new Regional Cancer Center. They have been long time supporters of the Foundation for over 11 years and have contributed over $40,000 previously with contributions directed towards supporting a second Chaplain position at MCCH and the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.

“We certainly can’t say thank you enough to our regular donors who continue to support the needs of this community and are making an impact on families for years to come,” said Keith Travis, CPO. “The Rickman’s have a love for seeing the hospital continue to care for patients and people in our community.”

The Enduring Hope campaign has been launched to raise money for a new $12 million Regional Cancer Center which will bring the oncologists, social workers, pharmacy, and infusion area under one roof. The centerpiece of the new Regional Cancer Center’s equipment will be a state-of-the-art linear accelerator that can deliver stereotactic radiation therapy.

For more information on how you can support the building of a new Regional Cancer Center in Murray, or for naming opportunities please contact Keith Travis, Chief Philanthropy Officer at 270.227.0253.

The Murray-Calloway County Hospital is the only nonprofit healthcare facility in our county. The Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital is a 501C3. All donations are tax deductible according to Federal and State laws.


Local donors contribute towards giving tuesday in support of the Anna Mae Owen residential hospice house

Giving Tuesday Donors
Pictured left to right: Keith Travis, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Mrs. Sharon Furches, Giving Tuesday Donor, and Stephanie Hunter, MCCH Hospice

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. This year, we had multiple donors that agree to match. We had several families in our area that made a donation and a total of $7,360 was raised on Giving Tuesday toward the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House. Our donors included: Dave and Judy Eldridge – $1,600, Tripp and Sharon Furches – $1,600, Anonymous Donor – $10,000, Anonymous Donor – $2,000, Nancy and Don Travis – $500 and John and Heather McConnell – $500.

“Tripp and I grew up in Murray and love our community. We feel it’s so important to support your local community both financially and through opportunities to serve. It’s important to set an example for the next generation on how to serve. And cancer has touched many in our family so that is certainly a cause that is important to us,” said Sharon Furches.

This campaign supports the building of a new cancer center and will make an impact on patients and families in our region who have all been affected from cancer and support local cancer treatment options to continue to be provided right near home.

Be a part of providing new hope. We need your help.

We can give our neighbors, our colleagues, our family and ourselves new hope – with cancer care that goes a step beyond the already high quality. The result will change cancer statistics and affect families in our region years to come.

Once construction begins on the new Regional Cancer Center, the project is expected to take 18 months and will consist of 17,388 square feet. The new facility will be conveniently located on the 1st Floor of the North Tower of the hospital. The main entrance will be located on 8th Street across from the current Ambulance building. 

The MCCH Regional Cancer Center was awarded a three-year approval with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons again this year and has continually received the accreditation since 2005. This commendation represents the dedication and professionalism of the staff that provide patient care.

If you would like to find out more about the Enduring Hope campaign and have a passion for helping cancer patients in our region. Call to find out how you can contribute and be a part of the Enduring Hope Campaign, Keith Travis at 270.762.1908 or visit

The Foundation at MCCH