Suzanne Seeley, Nutrition Coordinator retires from Murray-Calloway County Hospital after 42 years of service.
“I graduated from Murray State and never regretted my field of study. I first became interested in being a dietitian when I was a freshman at Lyon County High School. My dad, who was a hard worker and very active, began falling asleep when sitting down to watch the nightly news and was drinking huge amounts of water. Eventually, he went to the doctor and found out that he had diabetes. I watched him change his eating habits and take medication for his diabetes, and saw how that made a difference in him feeling terrible all the time to feeling good again. That sparked my interest along with the science behind it,” said Suzanne.
Suzanne said healthcare has changed greatly over the years and remembers how surgeries like gall bladder removal kept patients in the hospital for days and today this surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. She also discussed how nutrition services are now an integral part of preventative care and a patient’s overall plan of care and how these services are now offered on an outpatient basis through the wellness center for the community to schedule an appointment, and how MCCH is moving forward and developing a diabetes education program through Murray Medical Associates.
“When I started as registered dietitian at MCCH in 1979, Mr. Poston was the CEO. We were a smaller employee group and very much like family. I will always be grateful that Mr. Poston insisted I come for an interview as I had already accepted a dietitian position at one of the Paducah hospitals. I had worked at MCCH while as a student at MSU. Once I walked around the hospital after my interview, I instantly felt like I was “back home” and accepted the job,” she stated.
Pictured: Cadelia Turpin, Rebecca Wright, Alyssa Bryan, Amy Ferguson, Suzanne Seeley, Lauren Jones, Amy Fennel, and Anne Newberry – Registered and Licensed Dietitians.