Covid-19 Operating Procedures
In accordance with recommendations from the Kentucky Department of Health, we are open with limited waiting room seating and increased cleaning/disinfecting procedures. All providers will be wearing masks and we ask our patients to do the same.
To protect our patients, we are happy to offer telehealth visits via computer or telephone as an alternative to in person visits. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have – we are here to help!
We encourage you to continue to use discretion with your visits out of the home as there may be a resurgence of Covid-19 cases with more social interaction. Please wear your mask when you are out of the home.
Respiratory Medicine involves complex diseases of the lungs and bronchial tubes such as asthma, emphysema or pneumonia. Dr. Ghanshyam Shastri, Pulmonologist, offers pulmonary care to patients in the region.
Dr. Shastri, who is board-certified in Internal Medicine, recently completed a three-year fellowship training in Pulmonary/Critical Care medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Prior to that, he completed a three-year internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Cooper University Medical Hospital at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Shastri obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals in Mumbai, India.
Dr. Shastri likes to manage complex critical patients in the ICU. He also treats patients with pulmonary hypertension and rare lung diseases such as Sarcoidosis. His special interests include severe sepsis and septic shock, interstitial lung diseases, asthma and COPD.
“Pulmonology is an important service line to have here at MCCH and Dr. Shastri is a good fit for the office. He brings a wealth of training and will help our region breathe easier,” said Jerry Penner, MCCH CEO.
PULMONARY CONDITIONS AND SCREENINGS
Low Dose Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening
A new lung cancer screening program at Murray-Calloway County Hospital offers those with a high risk of developing lung cancer the opportunity to be screened for lung cancer with the latest in 3-dimensional Computed Tomography (CT) imaging. This allows patients to receive their diagnosis at an early stage, even before symptoms develop. Early detection alone can save up to 20,000 lives each year according to the US Preventive Services. Click here to learn more about this valuable program.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe and is most commonly caused by cigarette smoking. COPD can also be caused by long-term exposure to other lung irritants such as air pollution, chemical fumes or dust. Symptoms of COPD include coughing, large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. COPD is a major cause of disability and is the third leading cause of death in the United States (NIH).
Asthma is a long-term lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways and causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Asthma affects more than 25 million people in the United States (NIH).
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs and is caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. With pneumonia, the air sacs in your lungs may fill up with fluid or pus causing symptoms such as a cough with phlegm, fever, chills and trouble breathing (NIH).
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300 South 8th Street, Suite 307E
Murray, KY 42071
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.